Mets may have interest in Stephen Drew if price drops

With a question mark at shortstop for the upcoming campaign, the New York Mets are still looking for a shortstop that can be formidable to their needs.

One player who they have been intrigued by and linked to for the past two offseasons is free-agent Stephen Drew. However, the Mets won’t take a crack at him unless his asking price goes down. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Drew is looking for a salary for the 2015 season that is worth at least $7 million.

Drew has his price demands high, despite his below-average performance during the 2014 campaign. In 85 games between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, the 31-year-old shortstop hit .162/.237/.299 with seven home runs and 26 runs batted in over 300 plate appearances. Drew also produced a 51 OPS+, -0.3 bWAR and a 44 wRC+, along with a strikeout rate of 25%.

Obviously, the big reason many teams won’t take a bite at Stephen Drew is because of his asking price. After the 2013 season, where Drew hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 runs batted in with the World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox, a salary of $7 million would of been deserving. However, with his most recent output, many executives told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that they are wary of giving him a hefty salary in large part to his lack of production.

Sherman obtained a quote from one of these executives, in which they discussed Drew’s lack of spring training and output, which was said to be because of the lack of spring training:

“Fine, you want to say June and July (last year) were spring training for him, well, how about August or September? There was never a time in which he looked like a major-league hitter.”

Whichever way one wants to put it, Stephen Drew is certainly not deserving of one-year, $7 million contact. With that being said, he definitely needs to lower his asking price in hopes of obtaining a job for the 2015 season.

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