The market for solid-hitting shortstop Stephen Drew continues to thin out.
Earlier this week, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that the team probably won't go after Drew.
"We haven't ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely," Alderson said. "I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities. We continue to monitor his situation. We're looking at other free agents that are still available, and [we're] trying to judge their status and how they might fit with us. I know there's been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that's what it remains -- speculation."
If the door is indeed closed in New York, where Drew would have had a chance to play a major role in a revamped lineup along with David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, the shortstop might as well return to Boston.
It's surprising that Drew hasn't been able to find work this season after Jhonny Peralta signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, but it appears that injury concerns have limited his options. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports recently said that there's a "pretty good chance" that Drew comes back to the Red Sox.
It would certainly fit in line with the recent trend by Boston general manager Ben Cherington to sign a veteran to a short-term deal. For Drew, he would return to the reigning champs and a place where he enjoyed good success in 2013.