with tax less of a consideration, yankees now weighing a run at stephen drew. http://t.co/N4GbSThebiLet the games begin! Drew's agent, Scott Boras, has been waiting all winter for another team to jump into the mix for free agent shortstop. All offseason his market has plummeted. What seemed to be a race between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets (at most), now takes a turn for the worst.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 23, 2014
The New York Yankees were once thought to be out of the Steven Drew sweepstakes, but things now appear to have changed. Having signed Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees have exceeded the luxury tax threshold. With that in mind, the team may be willing to continue its spending spree. What effect that may have on Drews market remains to be seen, but its certainly bad news for the Mets who had hoped to swoop in and upgrade their shortstop position on the cheap.
Whether or not this elevates Drew's market beyond the Mets' reach remains to be seen, but for a team that's reported bumping right up against his budget limits, any increase in Drew's price doesn't bode well. If they're willing to pay the price, the Yankees could provide Drew with the opportunity to play every day at third base, while also providing insurance for an aging Derek Jeter. This could be the only other opportunity Drew gets for regular reps in 2014. Ultimately, if accurate this is a recipe for disaster and there are no two ways about it.
Update from this morning -
Am told Yankees are still not weighing a run at Stephen Drew. In other words: Status quo.Perhaps reports that the Yankees could be interested were just Scott Boras being Scott Boras. Perhaps this all a smoke screen for something much different all together. All I know is I'd like to see this situation resolved sooner than later, but I don't think that is going to happen.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 24, 2014