The Boston Red Sox have had a rotating door at shortstop since Nomar Garciaparra was traded, in 2004. A few years later in 2009, the Red Sox signed their future shortstop in Jose Iglesias. Once with the organization, the Cuban struggled offensively and was sent back-and-forth to Triple-A Pawtucket.
With their prospect struggling, the Red Sox decided to sign free agent Stephen Drew to a one-year deal with $10 million this past offseason. Drew would become the everyday shortstop and was a big addition to the team. However, during spring training the newly acquired shortstop suffered a concussion and has not played since. He was placed on the seven-day disabled list and didn’t not start the season on the opening day roster.
Iglesias replaced Drew on the opening day roster. The Red Sox saw this as a quick fix and a short-term replacement at their shortstop position. However, they did not plan for their prospect to jump of the gate offensively like he as. The 23-year-old went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run, during the Red Sox 8-2 opening day win over the New York Yankees. He continued to play well during Wednesday night’s 7-4 win over the Yankees, going 2-for-4 and scored a run.
If Iglesias can continue to perform offensively, will the signing of Drew turn out to be a $10 million mistake? Will the offseason acquisition ever see time with the Red Sox in the big leagues?
The Red Sox have a lot invested into their prospect and have been waiting for him to come around. The added offensive ability is exactly what they have been waiting for since signing the Cuban in 2009, it is what has been keeping him in the minors. Seeing the No. 10 at Fenway Park for every home game is a welcome sight for all Red Sox Nation.
The decision to sign Drew will eventually turn out to be a mistake, unless they can move him in June or July for quality prospects.