The two great mysteries of the offseason are Ervin Santana and Stephen Drew. While there is no clear path for the former, the latter appears to have his share of suitors and just has to decide what's in his best interest.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, there are four teams in play on Drew right now.
The Red Sox and Mets have been linked to Drew all winter. One team that makes a lot of sense, the Yankees, did have a multi-year offer on the table for Drew, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, though that doesn't appear to be the case anymore after investing nearly $500 million in other areas.
Without knowing the two other teams still in on Drew, it's hard to know what kind of bidding war there might be. He has draft compensation attached to him after turning down Boston's qualifying offer, so that has slowed down his market.
Fact or Fiction
Another big factor to consider regarding Bowden's report is Scott Boras. The uber-agent represents Drew and loves to play games with teams in order to raise the price on his players. There's nothing wrong with that strategy if it works.
The Red Sox don't seem likely for Drew anymore. Xander Bogaerts is ready for an everyday job and can play shortstop, while costing a fraction of what Drew will sign for.
The Mets do need a shortstop but aren't ready to compete for a playoff spot, so why invest multiple years and tens of millions of dollars in a player who hasn't played more than 124 games since 2010?
If it turns out the Yankees are one of the other two teams, that would make the most sense. Contrary to what New York fans will tell you, Derek Jeter isn't a good shortstop. He's cost the Yankees 121 runs with a negative-63.4 Ultimate Zone Rating since 2005, both worst among all qualified shortstops.
Jeter is going to be 40 years old in June and played just 17 games last year. Having a valuable insurance policy like Drew, who could also man third base with Alex Rodriguez being suspended, would put a cap on New York's offseason spending spree.
Fact, with a caveat that the Yankees have to be one of the two "mystery" teams. If not, fiction.