As has been mentioned many times before, the Boston Red Sox have four key free agents that they do seem somewhat interested in re-signing. It doesn’t appear likely that all four players — Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew — would be coming back to play in Boston for 2014. However, there seems to be the slight possibility that the unlikeliest of the quartet to return could be back.
Drew was only going to be around on a one-year deal and appeared to be more of a stopgap until Xander Bogaerts would be ready. It appears, however, that Drew won a lot of supporters with his play during the season and particularly in October. He didn’t hit well at all, but his fielding was outstanding and he might have played the best defensive shortstop that Boston fans have seen. Yes, I am saying that during the postseason he was better than Jose Iglesias.
Retaining Drew would make the Red Sox very solid defensively. Bogaerts profiles more as a third baseman than a shortstop, and between Drew and Dustin Pedroia that would make for one of the best double-play combinations in MLB. Will Middlebrooks has a lot of potential and has a strong bat, but he seems to still be very inconsistent and didn’t do anything at all in the postseason. He could be a valuable player to trade and get something of value for in return. The other good thing about Boston negotiating with Drew is that they wouldn’t forfeit a draft pick by signing him.
Here is another thing to keep in mind; say what you will about Stephen and his older brother, J.D Drew, but have you noticed that anytime there is a Drew on the roster the team seems to do very well? As a matter of fact, the last two World Championships that Boston has won there has been a Drew on the active roster. Red Sox Nation, if you want your team to go deep in the postseason again next year, perhaps you should be very happy if Drew returns.