It looks like the New York Mets aren't the only franchise content with waiting on Stephen Drew, who right now has little if any market. Per a post on Hardball Talk, the Red Sox have not spoken to Drew's camp since prior to Christmas.
Boston General Manager, Ben Cherington, had the following to say about Drew while appearing on local radio WEEI last night:
“We’ve kept a dialogue going, and frankly haven't had a conversation
in a little while now. It's been probably just before the holidays. I don't have any doubt Stephen has opportunities out
there. He's a good player. He's a healthy player. He's going to be
someone's shortstop this year. We think we've had an honest, open
dialogue with Stephen and Scott obviously about what our interests are
and some of the issues we're facing, he's done the same and we'll
continue to have a conversation as we always do with Scott. But
there's nothing really to report on it.”
He also had the following to say about how younsters Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks might fit into the team in 2014:
"We're not writing anything in stone in terms of who is in the
lineup and who's not. We're not handing jobs out in January because
we don't have to. But we are talking about the value to the
organization that comes from committing to the young player if, indeed,
we have the young players who are worth committing to, and if we can
support those guys enough by having a deep enough roster overall.”
At a bare minimum, I take this mean that while the Red Sox remain open to the idea of Drew returning to the team, they are absolutely prepared to move on to their young talent if need be. At a bare minimum, it appears Drew would be subjected to a full on competition for his shortstop spot this spring if he returns. This plays quite well into the narrative that the Mets can offer him the best chance at regular playing time.
Even if it comes down to a pair of one year deals, I'm not sure why Drew would subject himself to a competition in Boston, versus just assuming the full-time shortstop role in Flushing. In either case, it doesn't appear we're closing in on a resolution to this issue, which has now persistent for going on two months.