December 22, 2013

Boras Reaches Out To The Mets On Morales And Drew

In a bit of a reversal in roles, super-agent Scott Boras has been reported to have reached out to Mets ownership regarding his biggest two remaining free agents.  The discussion is bring reported by Jerry Crasnick of
Crasnick also reports that the Mets have minimal interest in Morales, who has served primarily in a designated hitter role the past two season in the American League. I recently discussed the reasons for which I didn't think Morales was a fit for the Mets, but basically what it comes down to is that he is an unproven entity in the field at this point, and may not provide a significant upgrade of a either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda.  Furthermore, he wouldn't be a long term solution for the Mets at first base.

Drew on the other hand is a different story, as shortstop remains the teams weakest link.  Crasnick believes that price remains an issue for the Mets, who have already spent $85 million on the roster this winter.  There were reports that Drew would chose to go back to the Boston Red Sox, however they recently addressed their shortstop needs and may no longer be in the market.  That could pave the way for Drew to land in Flushing on a somewhat more team friendly deal.

Long story short, it remains to be seen if the Mets have any real interest in Stephen Drew.  It's also a very real possibility that Boras is trying to drum up interest in the slugger in an effort to increase his market.  One thing is certain at this point.  Drew remains a better fit for the Mets than Morales, but in either case the Mets may have to exceed their predetermined budget to make either move happen.

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