Red Sox must re-sign Drew
Boston needs to stop being coy and bring back the productive shortstop
- Elsa/Getty ImagesStephen Drew was fourth among shortstops with a .777 OPS in 2013 (min. 500 PAs)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.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Braves' Medlen leaves with strained forearm
- Dodgers' Kershaw, Ryu to start in Australia
- Cardinals sign star Cuban shortstop Diaz
- Reds hopeful Latos can return in first week
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
MLB ON ESPN.COM
After a terrible season a year ago, Dan Uggla is eyeing a turnaround in 2014.
- Majestic Men's Replica Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski #8 White Cooperstown Jersey
- MLB Home
- AL East
- Baltimore Orioles
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
- AL Central
- Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Minnesota Twins
- AL West
- Houston Astros
- Los Angeles Angels
- Oakland Athletics
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- Fantasy: Sign up!
- Spring blog