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.
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.
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.