Let's say Stephen Drew is unsigned a few weeks from now. What a hammer the Red Sox have. They don't necessarily need Drew but still could make good use of him. They can offer him a one-year deal, take it or leave it. If he balks, they'll take the draft pick when he finally signs with another team.- Peter Abraham, Boston GlobeThis sounds like a pie in the sky scenario from a Boston news source. It is terrific, in theory, to offer a shortstop a one year, take-it-or-leave-it offer in a vacuum. In the real world, however, it becomes much more likely that even the suitors who had dropped out on him re-enter the mix if the price becomes that low. Combining this type of speculation with multiple reports that the Mets would consider going to at least two years leaves room to think of the Mets as a serious option for Drew's services.
Obviously, the signing of Drew, a 30 year old career .264 hitter, would fill a massive gap in the Mets lineup and move them that much closer to contention. He is not a superstar, but again, solving the Mets has less to do with bringing in superstars than it does with plugging the holes with competent major league talent and letting the young stars develop.