Mets' GM on Stephen Drew: 'Unlikely'

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that signing shortstop Stephen Drew, or any free agent with a notable cost attached, is “unlikely” before the season begins.

Speaking on his first day at the Mets’ Florida complex, Alderson noted, “I said it was unlikely that we would sign another major free agent. I think that’s still the case.”

Asked specifically if that means no $10 million-plus player would be signed, the GM said: “Well, that’s what I’ve said before. So I guess I should reiterate that.”

In November, the Red Sox offered a $14.1 million qualifying offer for Drew, but he turned it down, evidently confident that he would receive more lucrative multiyear offers.