Alderson's public support of Tejada could very well be a negotiation tactic with Scott Boras, according to the GM, who believes the Mets have concerns about the up-the-middle play of Travis d'Arnaud, Tejada and Juan Lagares (Gammons, Jan. 2).
The Red Sox feels they have leverage in negotiations with Drew and Boras and may soon make a one-year, take-it-or-leave-it offer (Abraham, Dec. 27). The Mets are reportedly only interested in signing Drew to a one- or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23, Cafardo, Dec. 22).
It's starting to read like the Red Sox will take Drew back, but they'd probably prefer he sign with another team so that they can freely move on with their young infielders. I mean, if they really, really wanted Drew, negotiations could have been over by now... and yet they drag on. My hunch is that Boras is hoping he can get the Mets and Sox to bid against each other and raise Drew's price a bit, so a team like the Astros or Twins might panic and give him a three-year deal. I don't think that's going to happen, though.