It has been reported that infielder Stephen Drew has declined the $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox in order to test free agency. It really doesn’t come as much of a surprise, especially when Drew is represented by super-agent Scott Boras. Now that he will become a free agent, what is one team in particular that must go after Drew?
I understand people are going to think I’m crazy, especially since the finances might not line up, but the Oakland Athletics need to make a serious go at acquiring the 30-year-old.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie exceeded expectations with the Athletics in 2013. Even though he is not as good on defense as Drew is, there is no denying that he is the better offensive player. So why would the Athletics make a move to replace Lowrie? They wouldn’t be replacing him, but rather, moving him to second base to replace Eric Sogard, who had a dismal season at the plate and in the field.
Drew and Lowrie would pair up to form one of the more dominant middle infields in the American League. Both players excel on offense, or at least provide above-average power to their positions, while they also have the ability to be the best defensive infielders in the league.
The biggest issue will clearly be Oakland finding a common ground with Boras, who believes his client is in for a big payday.
“Obviously, if you want to win, and you want a middle-of-the-diamond player — and a lot of really, really good teams need upgrades in the middle of the diamond — he’s got a very active, very large market,” Boras said, according to ESPNBoston.com.
At this point, the Athletics have to hope they can entice Drew enough during the Winter Meetings.