Drew's market may be depressed due concerns about his medical report, a team official recently said (Martino, Jan. 7).
The Mets and Red Sox have been most connected to Drew in reports since the Winter Meetings. However, the Mets are reluctant to lock in to Drew beyond 2014 (Cerrone, Jan. 6).
Today, in a post for FanGraphs.com, Jeff Sullivan does a nice job explaining Drew's market, writing:
[sny-box color="fff"]"Right now, a claim can’t be made that a team needs Stephen Drew. He’d help the Red Sox a little, but he’d make a very small impact on their overall chances, so there’s no need to pay much for his services. Drew would help the Mets by maybe a win or two, but that might just help them lock up third place in the NL East, trailing the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in some order. That improvement isn’t valueless, but the Mets needn’t pay market price, since this isn’t supposed to be a championship season. And the difference between Drew and Tejada would presumably be smaller in 2015, when Harvey is expected to return."[/sny-box]
In a poll on MetsBlog on Jan. 6, 2014, 51 percent -- of more than 8,000 voters -- said they would give Drew a two-year deal, with only four percent willing to go to a three-year contract.