The market for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew would appear to be shrinking, with few options remaining.

The St. Louis Cardinals, one potential destination, instead signed Jhonny Peralta. The New York Mets desperately want an upgrade over Ruben Tejada, but, for now, don't have the payroll felxibility to spend on Drew.

If the Mets could move second baseman Daniel Murphy and one of their first basemen (Lucas Duda or Ike Davis), that could potentially create some financial room.

Beyond that, it's hard to see where Drew fits, especially given that, by virtue of the Red Sox' qualifying offer to him, he'll be attached to draft pick compensation. That won't matter as much to the Mets, who already have forfeited their second-round pick by signing Curtis Granderson (their first-round pick was protcted) and wouldn't be opposed to losing another later pick).

The Red Sox' position is the same as it's been since the end of the season: they'd welcome Drew back on a team-friendly deal. And given that there don't seem to be a lot of other options out there for Drew, that can't be ruled out.