Stephen Drew Newsbeat
Sunday, June 01, 2014
It’s only money but I still don’t see a good reason for the Sox to sign Drew. Moving Bogaerts is not a good long-term decision. The Sox, as Holt is showing, have other options at third base.
Monday, May 19, 2014
No! No! No! Leave Bogaerts where he is. Let Drew sign a long-term deal with another team. Fill in at third as best they can.
The Red Sox should make their move on Stephen Drew (whatever that move might be).
It might not work out, but it will be worth a try. At this point, they need to try something.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
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.)
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Scott Boras, the agent for top remaining free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, came out swinging against the half dozen or so anonymous team executives and officials who negatively speculated in a recent article on the value of those two players. Boras says those unnamed executives and officials are breaking league rules in a recent article by suggesting low player values, issuing critical comments and ultimately hurting their markets.
Boras… said he intends to pursue a grievance, going so far as to urge the league to use subpoena power to unearth their identities…
Boras further says there needs to be a “remedy” for the two free agents, which could mean monetary damages or possibly relief from a two-year-old rule that cost them and a select few others free agents in the marketplace…
The CBA specifically disallows executives from publicly making comments that could deflate players’ markets, both sides agree. And MLB did recently sent out a memo reminding execs to abide by the rule, so the league isn’t suggesting the execs’ comments were appropriate….
In response to the players union statement earlier Friday calling for an investigation, MLB hinted in its statement that other reasons beyond the unnamed comments are likely behind the players’ current predicaments. However, an MLB official said the league accepted the union’s request to launch an investigation into the situation and will do so…
The players union backed Boras’ complaints and issued its own statement earlier Friday.
Union leader Tony Clark said in his statement, “I am angered that numerous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally violated our collective bargaining agreement by offering to ESPN comments about free agent values of Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. These statements undermine the free agent rights of the players and depress the market values. Today, I have called upon the Commissioner’s office to investigate immediately and thoroughly the sources of these statements and to take appropriate action to enforce our agreement.”
Since CBS apparently doesn’t realize that the Internet works because different sites are willing to link to each other, here is the article in question (ESPN Insider).
Murray sez: Glory! “Wrong Hole, Buster”
[The use of anonymous quotes is a] highly questionable journalistic practice and is frowned on by reputable news organizations.
This type of article is what has angered Clark and the union. One such example ran on the [ESPN] web site last week with the heading “Execs put a price on Drew, Morales.”
Written by Buster Olney, the site’s lead baseball writer, the piece offers no names of people he quotes but quotes an assortment of people identified as Executive No. 1, from the National League; Another NL official, An American League executive, A second AL official, A third NL official, AL talent evaluator, AL exec and An AL evaluator.
In his years covering the New York Yankees for The New York Times, Olney would not have been able to write such a story.
The union is not debating journalistic practices here. The problem the union has with what these people say, or are purported to say, is the impact their comments might have on other clubs that might be considering signing Drew or Morales.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Until the CBA expires Boras has to deal with things as they are, not how he wants them to be. Drew *might* be able to get a decent contract in June. I can’t see how Morales can make up for the $14.1 million he passed up this year.
In the two years under the current landscape, all 22 players who have received qualifying offers have declined and decided to take their chances on the open market. Boras, an outspoken critic of the system, said that’s no surprise.
“I started preparing these guys in November for what I knew was going to happen,” Boras said. “Everybody talks about these players turning down these [one-year] qualifying offers like they’re village idiots. The reason is, they don’t want to be in the same position again next year. If I’m a good player, I’m going to take the prospect of free agency.
“If I’m one of these players, I’m not on the train to free agency—I’m on the Ferris wheel of multiple qualifying offers. It is circular. There is no escape hatch to the system.”
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