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After spending nearly $90 million to sign veteran starter Bartolo Colon and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, rumors have continued to swirl around the New York Mets in regards to two more high-profile free agents: closer Fernando Rodney (pictured) and shortstop Stephen Drew.
The Mets have set aside money to sign a "closer type reliever," according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, with Kevin Gregg, Joel Hanrahan, Ryan Madson and Rodney on the team's short-list of targets.
But sources tell Newsday's Marc Carig that the Mets landing Rodney is "unlikely", which makes sense given the presence of current closer Bobby Parnell and flame-thrower Vic Black in the team's bullpen, along with its recent signing of Kyle Farnsworth.
As for Drew, who makes sense for the club given its need for a legitimate shortstop (Ruben Tejada isn't one, contrary to what some believe), GM Sandy Alderson continues to state that a deal between the veteran free agent and the Mets isn't going to happen, as he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo:
We haven't ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely. 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 report from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News a few weeks ago is accurate, when he reported that the team wouldn't give Drew more than a one-year deal, you can kiss any chance of Drew landing in New York goodbye.
Without ace Matt Harvey, who will miss the entire 2014 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, the Mets have little hope of contending for a playoff spot. Continuing to spend money this winter on big-name additions makes little sense, as the team is better off holding onto its cash until next winter.