Matthew Cerrone: According to people close to Drew, he and Scott Boras never considered the Mets a legit landing spot because they were convinced Sandy Alderson is set on starting Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy. In the Bronx, however, he could realistically win the starting second baseman job.
This is interesting to me, because Alderson has been saying there is a really good chance Flores gets the gig. I guess he's not being coy. So, at this point, barring some out-of-left-field type trade that no one sees coming, Alderson's options at shortstop appear to be M's SS Brad Miller or Chris Taylor, signing Everth Cabrera, Flores or Ruben Tejada. The thing is, even if Miller, Taylor or Cabrera are acquired, Flores could still end up being the best option.
I think Flores can handle the job. My concern is insurance. I'd prefer to see someone else in the mix, beside Tejada. Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds is intriguing, but he's green as well. It would be nice to bring in at least one veteran, someone (like Drew would have been) to either take the job from Wilmer or back up off the bench.
By the way, thank you, Yankees, because I don't think I could have handled another Scott Boras-created rumor mill connecting the Mets and Drew through March. Last year was more than I could handle...
The Mets viewed Drew as a fall-back option worth significantly less than the $7 million he was asking for (Puma, Jan. 6).
The Blue Jays, A’s, Cubs, White Sox and Angels were also among teams that kept tabs on Drew, though they saw him as a backup player and not a starter (Heyman, Jan. 5).