New York Mets Trade Rumors: Troy Tulowitzki Move A Dream As Stephen Drew SS Option? Ruben Tejada or Daniel Murphy Deal Likely

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Dec 18, 2013 11:37 AM EST
Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew
Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) watches his RBI triple off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price (not pictured) during the fourth inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Fenway Park."

The New York Mets have had a very decent offseason by their standards and after signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, the team still has moves to make and while trading for Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is a dream, Stephen Drew is still out there as a free agent and the team could also trade Ruben Tejada or Daniel Murphy for a starter at SS.

The Mets are spending a bit after scaling things back over the past few years and while Granderson and Colon are not Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, the team is thrilled about their signings and heading forward they still could make moves to get the team where Sandy Alderson wants them to be. New York Magazine named Alderson the best GM in baseball despite the fact that the Mets have had losing seasons under him since he took over and the fans now have some optimism, as Granderson and Colon are two big names and the Mets haven't dished out a deal like they did to the former Yankees outfielder in years.

The team had some hope that they could get Stephen Drew at a decent price, but after he had a solid finish with the Boston Red Sox, he reportedly was asking for more than the Mets were willing to pay. The team had interest in Jhonny Peralta before he signed with the Cardinals and the team could also go after someone like Elvis Andrus or Asdrubal Cabrera, but once again, money is a concern.

The Mets appear to be fine with the fact that Rueben Tejada is their starting shortstop right now for opening day, but there is a good chance that Alderson will try and deal him before the season starts. The Mets have been mentioned in rumors involving Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis and while those moves have not happened yet, the team is likely to trade at least one of them before spring training and right now it looks like Davis. The Pirates, Rays and Brewers all have issues at first base and have been connected to a deal and the Mets could snag a shortstop that way.

Last season Drew hit .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs and he would be a great option for the team if he lowers his asking price. The team was linked in rumors to Troy Tulowitzki earlier in the offseason but those were never real and while the Rockies have said they will not trade the shortstop, that could change if a great deal is presented. The Cardinals were reportedly close before signing Peralta and Tulo is coming off of a solid year despite missing time, hitting over .310 with 25 home runs and over three times as many RBIs and he could have been a great hitter in the middle of the lineup, but that is a dream scenario that will never happen.

The Mets are looking to get at least near .500 this season and with Granderson and Colon in the fold, that could be a very realistic possibility. 

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