The versatility of Stephen Drew makes him appealing to the Yankees. A life-long shortstop, he also possesses the ability to play third base. The Yankees desire fortification at both positions.

The fate of Alex Rodriguez will not be decided until December, if not later, and the team must develop contingency plans for his potential season-long absence. The team also seeks a more dependable backup for Derek Jeter, in addition to a long-term successor. Their attempt to fulfill these obligations for 2013 backfired when Kevin Youkilis received $12 million to play 28 games and Eduardo Nunez missed months with a lingering oblique strain.

On Monday afternoon, Drew is expected to reject the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox. So he could, in theory, sign with the Yankees as a hybrid, both the stop-gap and the successor: Drew would spend 2014 as the team’s third baseman. If Rodriguez returns in 2015 and Jeter segues into the role of designated hitter (or retires), the team would be set with a shortstop solution.

It is an idyllic scenario. It is also far-fetched, based on conversations with people around the game. Drew does not intend to shape his free agency based on the whims of one organization, marketing himself as a Swiss Army Knife able to fill multiple roles on a roster. Instead, his agent Scott Boras will promote him as the best shortstop in a seller’s market.

As the general managers meetings convene Monday in Orlando, Fla., Boras is one of several agents the Yankees will likely meet with. The two top available outfielders, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo, are his clients. Each could fetch a deal worth more than $100 million. Drew won’t cost as much. But he’ll still cost.

One American League executive speculated Drew seeks a four-year, $60 million contract. Boras does not discuss contract demands for his players, and demurred from doing so in a recent conversation. He did dismiss the suggestion Drew would receive a deal that only lasts two or three years.

Several factors are working in Drew’s favor. He is 30, a year younger than Jhonny Peralta, the other top shortstop available (albeit with the taint of the Biogenesis scandal attached to him). When healthy, he has been excellent. In 2010, a year before a fractured ankle that affected him in both 2011 and 2012, he was worth 4.7 wins above replacement for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He is also coming off a solid bounce-back campaign in Boston. Drew finished sixth among shortstops with 500 plate appearances this season in wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs. He ranked third in on-base percentage (.333), fourth in OPS (.777) and fourth in weighted runs created plus (109). Even amid an offensive slump this past October, his defense saved runs for the Red Sox.