Mets “averse to anything three years or beyond” for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew

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The Mets are interested in upgrading over current shortstop Ruben Tejada and have been in contact throughout the winter with free agent Stephen Drew, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is hearing that it’s more of a “possibility” than a “probability” that an agreement is reached with the Scott Boras client.

Mets management is “averse to anything three years or beyond” for Drew, writes Rubin, and the belief is that the 30-year-old will head back to Boston if he can’t do better than that. Drew has struggled to attract a healthy free agent market because signing him means surrendering a top pick in the 2014 draft.

Drew batted .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 67 RBI in 124 games last season for the World Series-champion Red Sox. He rated very well defensively at shortstop.

The Red Sox do have interest in bringing him back on a short-term deal.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.