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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Alderson: Signing Drew 'unlikely'

By Adam Rubin

Sandy Alderson certainly sounds prepared to go with Ruben Tejada at shortstop. The GM told MLB.com that signing Stephen Drew, who remains a free agent, is not likely.

"We haven't ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely," Alderson said. "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 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."

As for the bullpen, the Mets have had recent dialogue with Fernando Rodney's representatives. But Alderson indicated the Mets may just bulk up on a few free-agent relievers on minor-league contracts instead.

"We've got a lot of good young arms that we like -- they just don't have much experience," Alderson told the team's web site. "Acquiring someone with some experience would give us some comfort going into spring training, but we don't want to preclude some of our younger pitchers from getting a solid opportunity either. So if there's somebody there that we like, we'll pursue them. Otherwise, one of the ways we've approached starting pitching, for example, is to bring in a couple of guys on minor-league contracts and have them compete with some of our own internal candidates. We may do the same thing with the bullpen."