I’ll say this – Stephen Drew certainly knows how to play hardball.
Of course, his hardheaded stance (echoed by his agent) this offseason has likely cost him a lot of money.
Drew, prior to this offseason, was known as a bit of a defensive wizards but was lacking offensively. However, thanks to his impressive postseason performance with the Boston Red Sox last season, Drew hoped to cash in on his good play. Teams were willing to pony up the cash, but Drew wanted more.
Now he’s still without a job and apparently turned down a one year, $9.5 million dollar from the New York Mets at some point this season.
The Mets suggested a salary close to the range of the $9.5 million Drew made last year, an unusual no-raise try that had little chance in free agency. It’s no wonder then that GM Sandy Alderson has termed a Drew signing “unlikely,” but the Mets would appear to have about the greatest need.
Drew could eventually end up with the Mets given their questionable issues at shortstop, but he’s losing his bargaining power.