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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets offered Stephen Drew a one-year, $9.5 million deal at some point this offseason, and were politely turned down.

The free agent shortstop is said to be looking for a contract in the range of at least $14 million per season, but at this point he's unlikely to find it. If his asking price falls, the Mets could still be in play, as he would be a massive upgrade on both sides of the ball for them.

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A source tells Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that the Mets don't think Stephen Drew is "worth it" at his current asking price.

"At the numbers he's looking for, we don't think he's worth it compared with what we have," the source said. The team has continued to express belief in Ruben Tejada, and it appears they're comfortable going forward with Tejada at shortstop if Drew's contract demands don't come down. Drew's agent, Scott Boras, is believed to still be looking for at least a $14 million deal like the one he turned down from the Red Sox early in free agency.

Stephen Drew SS BOS 2 Months

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees made a two- or three-year offer to Stephen Drew earlier this offseason but have since rescinded it.

Sherman says the club made a bunch of free agent offers early in the offseason, but owner Hal Steinbrenner has "put a clamp" on spending following the Masahiro Tanaka signing. Drew would make sense for the Yanks as a third baseman and insurance policy for Derek Jeter, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

Stephen Drew SS BOS 2 Months

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that four teams are currently "in" on free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

The Mets and Red Sox are two of them, but the others are a mystery. However, the Yankees, Astros, Twins, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have been mentioned as possibilities. Bowden notes that an owner with one of the four teams is involved in the talks, so we could finally see some resolution soon.

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that it's "clear" that agent Scott Boras still wants Stephen Drew to get at least $14 million this season.

Drew turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox to test free agency, so Boras is still aiming to find a similar salary for his client on the open market. The Mets aren't going there and he'll likely be hard-pressed to find it elsewhere, especially with draft pick compensation attached.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are not considering handing out any more major league contracts prior to Opening Day.

Some have speculated that they could go after Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana or someone else, but it doesn't sound like that will happen. The Yanks have already committed big money to Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Hiroki Kuroda this winter, and it appears they'll only do minor league deals from now on if they sign anyone else.

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John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have "held firm" with a one-year offer to Stephen Drew.

Multiple sources have told Tomase that they're willing to offer one year, while one source says it would likely be one year with an option. Drew's agent, Scott Boras, is looking for at least a three-year deal for his client, but it's not coming from the Red Sox and is looking unlikely to come from anyone at this point. Manager John Farrell wants Drew's situation solved one way or another soon. "I think the one thing that we don't want is a lingering what-if if Stephen is still out there," Farrell said. "I think in all fairness to our guys, our clubhouse, guys that would be affected if he were to be brought in."

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday morning that a pact with Stephen Drew is "unlikely."

"I don't keep a running tab on the payroll but we're somewhere in excess of $85 million," Alderson told reporters. "We said we'll probably be in that range when everything is said and done. We'd always like to have more players but that doesn't always make you a better team." Perhaps the outlook will change if Drew lowers his current asking price. He has struggled to attract legitimate offers this winter because signing him requires the forfeiture of a top draft pick.

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said during an appearance on WFAN on Tuesday that the club hasn't ruled out signing Stephen Drew under "the right circumstances."

The Mets have been an obvious suitor for Drew throughout the offseason, but they have been content waiting out the market. Drew's agent, Scott Boras, has reportedly asked for a multi-year deal with an opt-out after the first season, which isn't going to work for New York. Unless some compromise is reached, the Mets are prepared to give Ruben Tejada another shot at the starting shortstop job.

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Sunday that he doesn't expect to re-sign Stephen Drew before spring training.

The Red Sox are continuing their dialogue with Drew, but it sounds like they're content to wait things out. Boston wants Drew back on a one-year deal, but agent Scott Boras is holding out hope that someone will extend a multi-year offer to his client. The Mets are also known to have interest in the shortstop.