MLB Rumors: Where will Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales end up?

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As major league teams and fantasy baseball owners everywhere prepare for the season to begin next week, there are a pair of players in shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales that can not only help MLB teams out this season, but also your fantasy team.

Unfortunately it will take a team willing to part with a first-round draft pick this year to sign either guy right now.

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

But as the season begins and teams see weaknesses on their teams, those teams may be willing to do exactly that.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the best landing spots for both guys and why you should be keeping an eye on both.

Stephen Drew

All Drew did last season was finish fourth in OPS among of all shortstops with at least 500 plate appearances in 2013. Even his defensive shortcomings are overrated, as Drew is more-than-adequate in all physical aspects, with good instincts.

Several teams can use Drew right now, most notably the Detroit Tigers, whom Drew has shown interest in signing with.

The injury to Jose Iglesias and the seemingly bottomless pockets of Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch should make this a perfect match, but in addition to having to part with a draft pick, there is also the Scott Boras factor, something that may force some teams to ultimately shy away from Drew.

Detroit just acquired both Alex Gonzalez from Baltimore and Andrew Romine from the Angels to fill the void. But while the Tigers may feel they have filled the void at shortstop, Gonzalez is 37 years old, can no longer hit, and only played three games at the position last season and Romine is a 28 year old minor leaguer with no bat,

The Tigers may have to get on the phone with Drew quickly.

The next best option for Drew should be the New York Mets as they have a dire need for a shortstop and simply can’t go into the season with Ruben Tejada manning the position.

With the way the Atlanta Braves spring has decimated their pitching staff, the Mets could have a very good shot at a wild card run.

Drew would bring them an upgrade on both offense and defense, and his bat would fit their park well as most of his production comes in the form of doubles and triples.

The Mets, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates have also been linked to Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius after the lost his job to Chris Owings and while the Pirates won’t be players for Drew if the Mets acquire  Gregorius, that is something to keep an eye on as well as Drew is quickly running out of options. Considering he reportedly has already turned down a $9.5 million offer from the Mets, Drew’s options could be very limited.

By all indications the New York Yankees are not willing to pay for Drew so that leaves the Tigers and Mets as the two best suitors, both which will help Drew become a very relevant fantasy player.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers Fantasy Baseball Kendrys Morales New York Mets Seattle Mariners Stephen Drew

  • Bewb Sammie

    How about the Indians? With Santana moving to third and Bourne starting the season on the DL, Morales would be a great fit as a DH/1B possibly hitting in the 5 hole. Brantlley, Swisher, Kipnis, Santana, Morales, Rayburn, Cabrera, Murphy, Gomes isn’t a bad opening day lineup, with Bourne taking over the lead off spot and rayburn/murphy moving to a platoon role when he come’s off the DL.

    • Matt Shetler

      He does make sense for Cleveland

  • David Andrews

    I understand there is a man cave in NYC, or maybe MLB TV, or a living room Ccouch…..

  • Patrick Sands

    “All Drew did last season was finish fourth in OPS among of all shortstops with at least 500 plate appearances in 2013.”
    Do you consider yourself a writer? This sentence is redundant.

  • Alan Sparks

    I like how in the Morales argument he says “Because he is brutal in the field Morales is pretty much limited to American League teams where he could serve as a primary DH.” and then follows it by saying “….. If that becomes the case, teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers could become major players.” How stupid do you think the readers of this article are?

  • Diotallevi

    I think the best thing for Morales would be to sign on or just after opening day with Seattle. That puts him in a contract year with no restricted-free-agent-draft-pick-compensation tied to him after the 2014 season. Morales isn’t exactly a superstar, but he could provide Seattle with some needed power in the middle of the lineup. Then if he performs well in 2014 it puts him in a position to sign a multi-year deal with another team in the off-season.

    I don’t see how waiting until June is going to help him, unless of course he has to because Seattle doesn’t want him anymore, at all, and no one else is willing to give up a draft pick for him. I wouldn’t.