The revolving door at shortstop for the Boston Red Sox may keep moving this season.
The Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million this offseason to play shortstop. Drew’s time in beantown could not be as long as he or the Red Sox expected.
Drew had originally been sought after by the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason, however, the Cardinals couldn’t offer the shortstop a starting position. That changed this past week when Rafael Furcal revealed he will miss the entire 2013 season due to a torn ligament in his throwing elbow.
The Red Sox could entertain a trade involving Drew with the impressive spring training they have seen from Jose Iglesias. The main sticking point to having the sixth ranked Red Sox prospect up with the big club has been his lack of offense, however, he is showing the front office and coaching staff a possible glimpse at an improvement in that part of his game.
This spring Iglesias has only batted .240, but has hit a home run and batted in five runs. His offense is far above what they have seen the past and there is no arguing with his defensive ability. The Red Sox and their fans have been itching to see Iglesias up with in the majors and are anxious to see the revolving door stopped.
Thursday night, Drew suffered a concussion after being hit in the head with a pitch during a game with the Minnesota Twins. While the Red Sox shortstop recovers, Iglesias will take his place. If Iglesias proves he can play in the Major Leagues, what happens to Drew?
A clause in Drew’s contract states the shortstop cannot be traded until June 15, however, if he starts to ride the bench in Boston, he may waive the clause and let the Red Sox move him to another team. Additionally, the team would be more willing to move Drew if he is relegated to a backup role, given they are paying him $9.5 million, a large salary for a backup player.
The future of the Red Sox looks bright with the play of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Igelsias. It will be interesting to see how the season plays out with these two youngsters and the players blocking their promotion on the major league roster.