Mets in on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew

Mets in on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew
January 5, 2014, 4:00 pm
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With Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson in store, the New York Mets have a chance to improve significantly in 2014. Both are veterans who despite their age are obvious upgrades for the Nationals' division foes.

But the Mets may not be done in free agency, not even close. They now have their sights set on shortstop Stephen Drew as they look to improve the position currently held by Ruben Tejada.

Drew, a client of Scott Boras, is reportedly in talks with the Mets. Adam Rubin of ESPN says it doesn't look probable he will sign, but New York could be the best bet if he does indeed leave Boston. Anyone besides the Red Sox who signs him will forfeit their highest available draft pick.

Rubin says there is a holdup on the length of the contract as the Mets are reluctant to give anything more than a two-year deal. Drew, 30, may opt to sign with Boston if the Mets refuse to budge.

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If they add Drew, the Mets would feature a much-improved lineup from 2013. He hit .253 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 67 RBI last year. His .777 OPS was better than all but two Mets in 2013 and was significantly higher than the .561 mark Mets shortstops combined to post. Only one team, the Kansas City Royals, saw worse production from their shortstops.

The Mets still have a long way to go to return to the top of the NL East, but signing Drew would help continue their trend in the right direction.