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On Day 1,760 of the Stephen Drew saga, Scott Boras intimated that Drew would be willing to play positions besides shortstop, possibly making him more appealing to teams like the Red Sox and Yankees. Meanwhile, the Mets are still offering Drew only a one-year deal, but one GM believes they will end up offering him a two- or three-year deal.
Around the Majors
Clayton Kershaw received a long overdue payday, as he signed a 7-year, $215 million extension with the Dodgers, making him the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. The contract has an opt-out after five years, possibly allowing Kershaw to pursue another big contract at age 30. If he doesn't opt out, Kershaw will make a combined $65 million in 2019 and 2020. The 25-year-old ace has won two NL Cy Young awards and finished second to R.A. Dickey in 2012.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs argues that Kershaw is actually underpaid with his new contract. Marc Normandin suggests that the influx of TV money into MLB has made long-term pitcher contracts less risky.
ESPN announced it's Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the first half, and unsurprisingly, the Mets will not be featured.
MLB is still ironing out the details of its new replay system, but reviews of the "neighborhood play" will not be happening.
Yesterday At AA
Rob Castellano reviewed the 2013 season for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets.
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