MLB Rumors: Stephen Drew wants opt out clause after first year of new contract

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) cannot get to the single by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) during the third inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) cannot get to the single by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) during the third inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Drew knows he wants to get paid next season but he also apparently wants to get paid an have the flexibility to go through this whole free agent thing again next winter. Drew is still a free agent looking for work, and ESPNNewYork is reporting that Drew and his agent Scott Boras are looking for a deal that will allow Drew to opt-out after the first year of his new contract with whoever he signs with.

Per ESPNNewYork:

Scott Boras wants an opt-out clause for Stephen Drew after Year 1 of a multiyear deal, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. That’s not going to fly with the Mets, who otherwise still remain in play for the free-agent shortstop.

That sort of deal isn’t going to fly with many who are looking at possibly bringing on Drew for this upcoming season, as it’s a hard bargain to sell.

A deal like that is really only a bargain to Drew, as there’s no guarantee of him staying more than a single season with his new team, something many teams looking at the shortstop may view as a deal breaker. He may change his asking price, but so far this offseason has been sort of a bust for Drew, who will eventually find work but may not do so completely on his terms.

 

Topics: Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Stephen Drew

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