The Mets are not signing Stephen Drew

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Stephen Drew remains a man without a country. Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com via phone on Tuesday that the club is “unlikely” to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.

Maybe he goes back to the Red Sox on a team-friendly deal? Maybe those rumors attaching him to the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Athletics will revive? I dunno.

But someone’s gotta sign Drew, right? I mean, he’s good at baseball and stuff. Lots of players who are far less good at baseball have jobs, so you’d think someone who is good at baseball would have one too. Thanks, Obama.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.