Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:54:10 -0700
Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) and 1B Kendrys Morales (Mariners) who share the same agent, Scott Boras, aren't planning to lower their salary demands in order to quickly sign deals before the start of the season. Both players continue to work out six days a week at Boras' training facilities in Florida. Both Drew and Morales could sign after the June draft, when they would no longer be burdened by draft-pick compensation. The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners, their former teams, appear ready to move on without them.
Fantasy Tip: Drew and Morales will likely make an impact with whichever teams wind up signing them, so they are worth drafting and stashing in deep leagues with enough bench spots. They could land on teams before June, too, if a team becomes desperate due to an injury, similar to the situation with Ervin Santana and the Atlanta Braves.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:31:28 -0800
The Boston Red Sox are not actively engaged in talks to re-sign SS Stephen Drew, according to multiple industry sources. However, the team is not ruling out the possibility of bringing him back. At present, the BoSox are comfortable with SS Xander Bogaerts starting at shortstop and 3B Will Middlebrooks at the hot corner.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:44:46 -0800
The New York Mets aren't overly impressed with the shape that SS Ruben Tejada arrived in despite attending a strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in the offseason. As a result, the Mets remain interested in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to two sources. They are also showing interest in trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin. The Mets have reportedly offered one year and $9.5 million to Drew. Tejada appears a little slimmer than last year, but he isn't moving any better on the field.
Fantasy Tip: The only reason Tejada is draftable in NL-only leagues right now is because there is no competition for his job. If the Mets were to add Drew or Franklin, rest assured that Tejada would be on the outside looking in.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:16:32 -0800
Scott Boras, agent for free-agent 1B Kendrys Morales (Mariners) and SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), said both players are willing to wait into the regular season to sign with a team, and FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal speculates they could even wait until after the June draft to sign.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:30:40 -0800
The New York Mets remain unlikely to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), as the front office is not sold on his ability to produce at a significantly higher level than that of SS Ruben Tejeda, according to a team executive familiar with general manager Sandy Alderson's thinking. Unless Drew's price drops significantly, the Mets are not expected to pursue him. "At the numbers he's looking for, we don't think he's worth it compared with what we have," the source said.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:36:09 -0800
Four unnamed teams are still in on free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to a source close to Drew.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:27:09 -0800
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada reported to camp early Sunday, Feb. 16, after spending more than eight weeks at a conditioning camp in Michigan. The team is not close to a deal with free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), and intend to go with Tejada as their starting shortstop.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:26:35 -0800
The New York Mets are no closer to a deal with free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox). According to a source, a significant gap remains in terms of both years and money. For now, the team intends to go with SS Ruben Tejada at the shortstop position.
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:38:11 -0800
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated the team will have to move on from free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) at some point if he is not signed in fairness to the other players in the locker room. Farrell said the team has been talking with Drew's agent but there is nothing new to report.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:39:01 -0800
The Boston Red Sox haven't offered more than a one-year deal to re-sign SS Stephen Drew. It's reported that Drew wants at least a year and an option.