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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dan szymborski, mets, stephen drew

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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4698601)
He's better than anything they have.

There also is little reason to sign him.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4698624)
Why the hell aren’t we signing Drew?

The team either doesn't have the money or the owner prefers to keep it in his pocket. Drew is kind of pricey.
   3. Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4698628)
Well, I suppoaw I knew that much, but I also wonder if Drew at this point might not be willing to come down a little. This sitting out thing is kind of insane.
   4. GregD Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4698639)
Because: Mets
   5. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:11 AM (#4698651)
(Also, as a sidenote, one of the SBNation commenters has a Szym quote as his signature.)

Technically, it's a Ferengi Rules of Acquisition quote that I slightly edited.
   6. Jose Molina wants a nickname like "A-Rod" Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:21 AM (#4698656)
When to look up Mets pitching on bbref. Discovered Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia are two different people. Until now he'd been the six letter J guy with some weird letter combinations. But he is a they!
   7. Bhaakon Posted: May 02, 2014 at 03:23 AM (#4698681)

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




Too bad it's attributed. I'd rather imagine that he offered to buy someone a beard.
   8. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 02, 2014 at 07:48 AM (#4698696)
One of the most obvious flukes in the history of flukes. Their talent (or lack therefof) and fundamental underlying numbers make it obvious that their current record is unsustainable.
   9. Greg K Posted: May 02, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4698710)
What I find interesting is that they have a 78 OPS+ (85 if you exclude pitchers) and a 93 ERA+ and yet still have a (barely) positive run differential. Is that actually relatively common? Or as weird as it appears on first blush?
   10. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: May 02, 2014 at 09:12 AM (#4698726)
I also wonder if Drew at this point might not be willing to come down a little. This sitting out thing is kind of insane.

Contracts can be signed where the team can't offer arbitration. Can a contract state that the team won't make a QO?
   11. Walt Davis Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:03 AM (#4698770)
Remember OPS+ double-counts. A 78 OPS+ is about 11% below an average OPS, not that far off their 93 ERA+.
   12. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4698867)
Contracts can be signed where the team can't offer arbitration. Can a contract state that the team won't make a QO?


I don't think so, but I'm sure there could be handshake agreements not to offer a QO.
   13. Buck Coats Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4698876)
I think the team can't offer the QO if you weren't on the roster by opening day, so Drew couldn't be offered the QO next year no matter what.
   14. villageidiom Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4698890)
I think the team can't offer the QO if you weren't on the roster by opening day, so Drew couldn't be offered the QO next year no matter what.
This is correct.
   15. attaboy Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4698903)
SIGN DREW! With Lagares' defense back in CF, signing Drew should be a no brainer! Sure, they shouldn't compete for anything this year but strange things happen and getting Tejada out of that position should help both on offense and in the field. Just suck up the contract and make it happen!
   16. Walt Davis Posted: May 02, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4699247)
But at this point, don't you just have to wait a month for the draft pick loss to go away? If you want to sign Drew, wait it out. The main reason to sign him now would be if you think there will be a feeding frenzy when the loss of pick goes away.
   17. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 02, 2014 at 07:42 PM (#4699271)
The Mets pick is protected, isn't it?
   18. Walt Davis Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4699343)
They'd still lose a 3rd-round one (lost 2nd round on Granderson) -- see excerpt.
   19. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 02, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4699350)
I doubt it is the third round pick that's keeping the Mets from signing Drew.
   20. bobm Posted: May 03, 2014 at 03:18 AM (#4699448)
However, Rick Aguilera, Craig Swan and Roger McDowell were all Mets' 3rd round draft selections!

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