- Mike Petriello, ESPN Insider
Earlier this week, we heard reports out of Boston indicating that the Red Sox would "wait out" the market on shortstop Stephen Drew, with the intention of jumping back in if the terms were right. That's probably an improvement over what they figured would happen at the beginning of the offseason, since a solid player represented by Scott Boras in a very weak field for left-side infield help would have been thought to be an appealing item.
But more than a month into the winter, Drew's market has been relatively soft. The St. Louis Cardinals, the team most desperately in need of a shortstop, instead signed Jhonny Peralta. Other potential fits such as the New York Mets have spent their money elsewhere first, and rumored trade targets such as Elvis Andrus and Asdrubal Cabrera further complicate the market.
Considering Drew's rocky health history and the qualifying offer/draft-pick compensation that hangs over his head, he might not be finding a home as easily as we may have thought he would.
For the Red Sox, this presents the perfect scenario, one that they can use to their advantage: They need to bring Drew back.
8hAnthony Witrado, Special to ESPN.com
14hAnthony Witrado, Special to ESPN.com