Frustrated with Ruben Tejada showing up to spring training out of shape, the New York Mets are still interested in signing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, and are also interested in the idea of trading for Seattle Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, reports the NY Post.
Tejada spent the offseason at a strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, but the Mets still aren’t happy.
“He looks pretty much the same,’’ one source told The Post on Monday.
Currently, the shortstop job is Tejada’s to lose because he is their only option, but they would certainly prefer to add another infielder, like Drew, at their price.
Drew is still a free-agent because most teams don’t think that he is worth giving up a draft pick for, but because the Mets’ first round pick in 2014 is protected, they would only be giving up a second round pick.
The Mets and Red Sox have been the only teams most notably attached to Drew since the Boston Red Sox offered him a qualifying offer back in November. Even though the Mets have bee showing constant interest, they haven’t made a move after Drew, other than the one-year, $9.5 million contract they reportedly offered him.
The Yankees have been linked to the infielder quite often, offering him a contract earlier in the offseason, but have been saying that they currently have no plans to sign him. The Blue Jays, Red Sox, Mets, Pirates and A’s have shown interest.
“I would not be surprised if we signed Drew,’’ one Mets official told the Post, “but at the same time, I don’t expect it to happen.’’
At the same time, the Mets have talked with the Mariners this offseason about a trade for Franklin, who Seattle is willing to move because of their overstock of infielders.
Things don’t often workout for the Mets, as we have seen many times in the past, and this is just another situation that we’ll have to see play out.
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