MLB News and Notes: Mets officials torn on Drew
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
With no major signings or trades occurring on Sunday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.
Here are the stories from Sunday, January 5th.
News and Notes
- Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com said the Mets remain in contact with agent Scott Boras, as they try to determine if Stephen Drew is a good fit for their ballclub. According to Rubin, Mets officials are divided about how valuable Drew would be for them, and right now the shortstop is seen as more of a possibility than a probability. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that the Mets do not want to go beyond one-year for Drew.
- Rubin also stated that despite several trade rumors this winter involving Ike Davis, the Mets expect to open Spring Training with Davis on their roster.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that despite the lack of moves this offseason for the Blue Jays, they remain among the favorites to land either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez.
- The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo said that a few general managers around the league feel that it may be best for Nelson Cruz to take a one-year deal to re-establish his market. Cafardo notes that if Cruz is willing to go this route, the Mariners, Mets, Blue Jays, and Orioles could all be fits.
- Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune wrote that the Rays payroll for 2014 could reach an all-time high, as Tampa Bay is still looking to add another bench player and bullpen arm.
- Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com reported that about a half dozen teams have shown interest in 40-year-old pitcher Brett Tomko, and that Tomko will throw for interested teams within the next few weeks.
They aren't going to compete in 2014, they just aren't. Not with Harvey missing the whole year. Adding Colon could work out but he doesn't even make up Harvey really...best case maybe he replaces him. Grandy helps the lineup but not enough to get them to the top of that division. Adding Drew for 1 year doesn't do it either IMO.
Drew on a 3 year deal would make sense to me. 2015 with Harvey back, Syndgaard coming up, and Wheeler and Colon and Niese....that could be a team that could make some noise. 2016 when the young guys are more advanced (and Harvey further from surgery) could be a downright scary good rotation. Why only sign Drew for a year in which you're not going anywhere? I know they only lose a 2nd rounder but seems like a big waste to me. Either pass on him or give him 3 years. Fact that they only lose a 2nd round pick this year would make it seem like a better deal to sign him too. Next year may not have a SS worth it and even if there was, may have to give up a 1st round pick.