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Thursday, May 01, 2014

SBNation-Normandin:  Mets still need Stephen Drew at shortstop

The Mets are in second place in the National League East, just two games out of first. They currently lead the NL Wild Card race, for whatever that’s worth on the first of May, and have done so on the strength of their talented young rotation. It’s almost impossible to emphasize how much of their current standing is due to their pitchers, actually, as they’ve produced one of the worst offenses in the league opposite their above-average starters. There is a way to fix this, or, at least, to help the offense along going forward. Shortstop Stephen Drew remains a free agent, and the Mets remain in need of him.

The draft pick attached to Drew has been the problem all along. He received a qualifying offer from the Red Sox, and, given his strong campaign, believed he could turn it down without any repercussions. The Cardinals went out and signed Jhonny Peralta for far more money than anyone expected, though, and suddenly the shortstop market dried up when teams in need of help at the position refused to give up picks to get it. The Mets had a protected first-round selection due to last year’s standings, sacrificed their second pick to sign Granderson, and still wouldn’t part with their third-round pick and its attached budget to improve at short.

Well, braintrust?  Why the hell aren’t we signing Drew?  Honestly, it seems the chances are between zero and null set that it could happen, but it’s an interesting topic.

(Also, as a sidenote, one of the SBNation commenters has a Szym quote as his signature.)

Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:43 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dan szymborski, mets, stephen drew

 

 

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