Braves interested in Stephen Drew for second base

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Braves have expressed interest in signing free agent Stephen Drew to play second base. Drew hadn’t appeared anywhere but shortstop before the 2014 season, when he made 31 starts at second for the Yankees, often playing alongside Derek Jeter.

Tommy La Stella was the primary second baseman this past season in Atlanta, but he was traded to the Cubs in mid-November for reliever Arodys Vizcaino and international signing money. Drew, who should be open to one-year offers after a season in which he batted .162/.237/.299, can serve as a stopgap until 20-year-old top prospect Jose Peraza is ready for the big-time.

Drew, 31, is also drawing free agent interest from the Mets and Athletics.

Players’ offer reportedly not going over well with owners

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Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.

Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”

Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:

The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.