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Stephen Drew not likely coming to Mets

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew can't make

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew can't make the play on a single by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning of Game 6 of the World Series. (Oct. 3, 2013) Credit: AP

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Mets are not likely to sign free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, general manager Sandy Alderson reiterated Thursday. Instead, with an estimated payroll of about $87 million, it appears the Mets are finished making any more major free-agent additions.

"We'd always like to have more players but that doesn't always make you a better team," Alderson said.

David Wright was coy when asked if he'd reached out to Drew in an attempt to recruit him to Queens. "I can't give away our game plan," Wright said.

Alderson said it's unlikely that the Mets will add a player who would cost more than $10 million.

Early birds

Alderson estimated that more than 60 players attended voluntary workouts this week before the official start of spring training on Saturday. Wright called the turnout encouraging.

"It's nice that you have the commitment, the dedication, to kind of come down here early and get into the swing of things," Wright said. "It's obviously a positive and something that should be commended . . . You've got pretty much our whole team down here, which is a good sign."

Extra bases

The Mets don't have a clear plan for the player who comes up short in the first base competition. Said Alderson: "There are a variety of scenarios. We haven't even opened camp yet. At this point, all of the options are a possibility." Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will compete for the job . . . Alderson did not rule out the possibility of Matt Harvey pitching this season. "Each of these injuries is different," he said of the Tommy John surgery from which Harvey is recovering.


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