Drew Part II: Is Stephen Drew the Right Fit for the Boston Red Sox?
The Boston Red Sox have made some “big” moves this offseason in hopes of rebuilding their storied franchise. Their most recent move, acquiring short stop Stephen Drew.
Yes, Stephen Drew is the younger brother of the (over) paid Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew. In his time with Boston, J.D.Drew was paid $70 million over five years, but in those five years, he only averaged 16 HR, 57 RBI, a .366 OBP and a .261 BA. These are decent numbers, but are they good enough for a $70 million dollar contract?
Though J.D. Drew may be considered one of the biggest busts in Red Sox history, younger brother Stephen, might just be the perfect fit.
J.D. Drew was always looked at as an introverted player who really never showed much personality. Along with frequent injuries, Sox fans questioned his passion for the game. Stephen is looked at as the complete opposite, despite what his big brother says.
“I think he’s a real laid-back personality. You’re not going to see a lot of helmet-throwing, bat-slamming, unfortunately that’s what seems the people in Boston like. We treat ourselves a lot like role models, I think Stephen, he’s following that same thing.” said J.D. about Stephen in a recent interview.
Stephen has compiled some good numbers in his seven years in the league. With a career .265 BA a .328 OBP and a .978 FPCT, Drew had seen his best years with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League. He had his best season with Arizona in 2007 with 21 HR, 67 RBI, a .333 OBP and a .291 BA. Drew also saw a good post-season with Arizona in 2007. Playing in seven games, Drew had two HR, four RBI, a .387 BA, and a .406 OBP.
Drew spent the last half of the 2012 season with the Oakland Athletics in the American League. In only 39 games played with Oakland, Drew had five HR, 16 RBI, a .326 OBP and a .250 BA. Unfortunately, during the playoffs that same season, Drew saw a different story. Playing in only 5 games, Drew had zero home runs, one RBI, a .211 BA and a .286 OBP.
Signing Drew to a one-year $9.5 million dollar deal will most likely find him sharing time with shortstops Jose Iglesias and Pedro Ciriaco. If he wants to earn all of his contract money, and a permanent starting position on the Red Sox, then he’ll need to stay healthy, and bring that “winning” Drew personality to Beantown. Something his big brother forgot to do.