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Infielder Stephen Drew and the New York Yankees are working to finalize a $5 million, one-year contract (Heyman, Jan. 6).

According to the Associated Press, the agreement includes $1.5 million in performance bonuses: $500,000 each for 450, 500 and 550 plate appearances.

Drew, who turns 32 in March, was acquired by the Yankees from Boston on July 31. He hit .150 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 155 plate appearances for New York while making 34 appearances at second base and 12 at shortstop as a backup to Jeter.

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The Yankees are not currently interested in free-agent SS?Stephen Drew, despite?Derek Jeter?saying he'll retire after 2014 (Marchand, Feb. 14).

Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, have said he would be able to play multiple positions, specifically second and third base, in an attempt to raise his value.

In regards to Drew, Boras has reportedly been contact with at least the Yankees, Mets, Twins, Red Sox and Astros.

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To date, there have been very little meaningful reports connecting the Yankees to free-agent SS Stephen Drew, who most experts expect to either end up with the Mets or Red Sox.

However, Yankees SS Derek Jeter said yesterday he will retire after this season. So, I wonder if this means the Yankees will have more interest in Drew than they did prior to Jeter's announcement?

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Free agent SS Stephen Drew has not received a contract offer from the Red Sox for more than one season (Tomase, Feb. 12).

Drew is looking for, at least, a one-year deal with a second-year option.

The Mets are more than capable of signing Drew, Sandy Alderson told WFAN?s Mike Francesa on Monday. However, he added, ?It would need to be under the right circumstances.?

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The Mets and free-agent SS Stephen Drew have had continuous discussion about a contract, according to a source (Carig, Feb. 9).

However, a second source with knowledge of the team's thinking says that is not accurate (Carig, Feb. 10), which was later echoed by a team official (Davidoff, Feb. 10).

It was reported this weekend that Drew is seeking an opt-out clause after the first year of his deal, which the Mets view as a deal breaker (Rubin, Feb. 6). Drew has reportedly been seeking at least a three-year contract.

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The Mets remain the best bet for free agent SS Stephen Drew, although he's being encouraged by his former Boston teammates to rejoin the Red Sox (Cafardo, Feb. 9).

The Mets might be willing to offer Drew a three-year deal, but the third year has not yet become necessary, Sandy Alderson told a group of season-ticket holders Thursday at Citi Field.

However, Drew?s agent, Scott Boras, had been seeking an opt-out clause after the first year of any deal, something the Mets view as a deal breaker (Rubin, Feb. 6).

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The Mets are willing to offer three years to free-agent SS Stephen Drew, Sandy Alderson told a group of season-ticket holders Thursday at Citi Field, but so far that has not been necessary.

However, Drew's agent, Scott Boras, is seeking an opt-out clause after the first year of the deal, which the Mets view as a deal breaker (Rubin, Feb. 6).

WFAN?s Mike Francesa said earlier this week that the Mets made an offer to Drew, but that was refuted by the New York Post, Daily News, WEEI in Boston and former-GM Jim Bowden, all citing sources aware of the situation.

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MLB Network's Peter Gammons said Tuesday that he believes free-agent SS Stephen Drew will eventually sign with the Mets.

Last week, Sandy Alderson said he's continuing to monitor Drew's situation, but signing the shortstop remains unlikely (DiComo, Jan. 29).

It was reported late Tuesday that the Red Sox made a two-year offer to Drew?(Bowden, Feb. 3). However, according to Gammons, Boston is asking Drew to essentially be a utility infielder, playing shortstop, third and second base.

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The A's and Twins have emerged as possible landing spots for free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Martino, Jan. 27), who could be willing to play multiple positions, according to his agent Scott Boras (Gammons, Jan. 15).

The Mets continue to see Drew as worth only a one-year deal (Martino, Jan. 27). Similarly, Red Sox are still considering re-signing Drew, but prefer to give him just a one or two-year deal (Martino, Jan. 27).

Drew has been reportedly seeking a three- or four-year contract worth as much as $12 million a season.

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The Mets, Yankees and Red Sox have all reportedly shown interest in free agent SS Stephen Drew this winter.

The Yankees were supposedly done with major player acquisitions this winter after signing RHP Masahiro Tanaka? earlier this week (Reiber, Jan. 22). However, now that they've breached the $189 million luxury tax threshold, they're weighing whether or not to pursue Drew (Heyman, Jan. 23).

Drew's agent, Scott Boras, has said his client is willing to play other positions, which might make him more attractive to the Yankees (Gammons, Jan. 15).

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The Mets remain interested in free agent SS Stephen Drew, and still haven't ruled out signing him to a short-term deal, but they're patiently waiting for Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, to find a longer-term deal elsewhere (Rieber, Jan. 18).

Drew?is drawing interest from five to six teams (Cafardo, Jan. 12), and Boras has said Drew is willing to play other positions, which might make him more attractive to the Red Sox and Yankees (Gammons, Jan. 15).

Interested teams are still reluctant to offer Drew more than a one-year deal (Rosenthal, Jan. 5).

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Free-agent Stephen Drew is drawing interest from five or six teams, according to his his agent, Scott Boras (Cafardo, Jan. 12).

Drew?s market may be depressed due to concerns about his medical report, a team official recently said (Martino, Jan. 7), although Boras disagrees and believes Drew has a market for his services (Cafardo, Jan. 12).

The Mets and Red Sox seem reluctant to offer Drew more than a one-year deal,?although New York continues to be the most logical suitor for him right now (Rosenthal, Jan. 5).

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The Yankees will not sign free agent SS?Stephen Drew, GM Brian Cashman said (Gammons, Dec. 31).

The Mets remain in contact with Scott Boras about Drew?and they?re pursuing him similarly to the pursuit of?Michael Bourn?last winter, who?s market shrunk substantially toward spring training last winter (Carig, Dec. 29).

The Mets could opt to go with?Ruben Tejada?instead, who special assistant JP Ricciardi has said the team is comfortable with as their opening day shortstop (WEEI, Dec. 27).

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The Mets remain in contact with Scott Boras about free agent SS Stephen Drew, and they're pursuing Drew similarly to the pursuit of?Michael Bourn last winter, who's market shrunk substantially toward spring training last winter (Carig, Dec. 29).

The Mets could opt to go with Ruben Tejada, who special assistant JP Ricciardi has said the team is comfortable with as their opening day shortstop (WEEI, Dec. 27).

The Mets are playing this right and saying all the right things in public by indicating Tejada is still an option. I don't think that's a lie - if the Mets can't find someone else, Tejada is their shortstop by default.

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The market for free-agent SS Stephen Drew is shrinking, the Red Sox feel they have all the leverage in negotiations and may soon make a one-year, take-it-or-leave-it offer (Abraham, Dec. 27).

The Mets have reportedly shown interest in Drew, as well. However, they?re only interested in signing him to a one or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23,?Cafardo, Dec. 22).

Boras is attempting to engage the Mets to sign Drew and?Kendrys Morales?(Crasnick, Dec. 22), but the Mets are not focused on upgrading at first base (Baron, Dec. 22).

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SS Stephen Drew?is currently waiting on clarity on the Yankees' situation before deciding where to sign (Gammons, Dec. 21).

This has to do with?Alex Rodriguez's future, and what his availability next season will mean for the left side of their infield. However, the Yankees also serve as potential leverage in a negotiation with other teams for Boras, and their interest can go a long way towards maximizing Drew's next deal.

Meanwhile, the Mets are still active in the shortstop market and they continue to have interest in Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 10), but aren't interested in giving him a three-year deal (Lennon, Dec. 10).

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Free agent SS Stephen Drew is currently seeking a three-year deal this winter, according to multiple reports this winter.

The Mets remain interested in Drew, and while the Mets and Scott Boras have discussed parameters of a contract for him, they're only interested in signing Drew to a one or a two-year deal (Kernan, Dec. 23, Cafardo, Dec. 22),

Boras is attempting to engage the Mets to sign both Drew and Kendrys Morales (Crasnick, Dec. 22), but the Mets are not focused on upgrading at first base (Baron, Dec. 22).

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Scott Boras is attempting to engage the Mets to sign free agents?Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew (Crasnick, Dec. 22).

The Mets and Boras have discussed parameters on a contract for Drew, but neither the Mets or the Red Sox want to commit more than one year to Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 22).

Boras is focused on getting Drew signed (Abraham, Dec. 21), but they're waiting for clarity in the Yankees situation (Gammons, Dec. 21).

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It was reported Tuesday that the Mets are still active in the shortstop market (Cafardo, Dec. 10).

10:00 am: In the event the Mets acquire a starting shortstop, it will likely be through trade and not free agency, Sandy Alderson told reporters before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

9:20 am: Mets like free-agent Stephen Drew, but they prefer he sign a two or three years and they believe he will stay with the Red Sox (Sherman).

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The Mets are still active in the shortstop market and they continue to have interest in free-agent Stephen Drew (Cafardo, Dec. 10), who there are unlikely to give a three-year deal?(Lennon, Dec. 10).

The Mets, Twins and Red Sox continue to be talked about as the the most likely destination for Drew, according to people with knowledge of his market (Cerrone, Dec. 10).

In late October, industry sources predicted Drew could end up signing a three-year contract worth around $12 million per year (Sherman). However, the Red Sox appear to be the only team to offer him a deal, which is said to be for only two years?(Cafardo, Nov. 10).

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The Mets are among teams that have expressed interest in free agent SS Stephen Drew, although only the Red Sox have reportedly made him an offer so far this winter...

2:28 pm: The Red Sox feel they have a good chance to retain Drew, as his market isn't very big right now (Cafardo).

Assuming this is true, I wonder how much the qualifying offer is playing a role in Drew's market. Something similar took place with Michael Bourn last winter, and it ultimately limited his suitors. Like Bourn, Drew is a difficult case with respects to draft compensation - it seems many teams are questioning Drew's value against retaining the pick...

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