While Stephen Drew may not be spectacular at one aspect of the game, he will bring the Boston Red Sox a force at shortstop for the first time since Nomar Garciaparra. He fell on some bad luck in 2011 as he missed all of the season after fracturing his ankle on July 21st–Drew was an elite MLB shortstop before going down and I expect a big year in 2013.
The former Arizona Diamondback also spent time with the Oakland Athletics in 2012, as Drew was dealt to the AL on August 20th in exchange for Sean Jamieson. After just 36 games with the A’s Drew hit .250 and struck out 41 times and was not brought back as a free agent. I believe he can turn things around in Boston given the short dimensions and the fact he has an entire off-season to get fully healthy.
In 2013 Drew will more than likely be asked to sure up the bottom third of the lineup as Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino are the surefire 1-2 punch for the Sox this summer. I think this is a good spot for the free-swinging Drew who has shown he has the ability to club 20 home runs and hit over .280. In fact, before going down in 2011 he had four consecutive seasons of double digit home runs and at least 60 RBI.
While plenty will call this signing a gasp of desperation from the Red Sox I firmly believe that Drew will give the team a spark at a shortstop and provide a much needed bat.
In his first full season I see 20 home runs, 74 RBI and a .279 batting average from Drew this season.