The fact that the Boston Red Sox might have some serious competition for shortstop Stephen Drew could be all the reason for them to jump back on board. The Red Sox appeared ready to let Drew walk, however, it appears the organization has decided to give negotiations another shot.
“One exec with team thought to be possibly linked with Drew still thinks SS lands back with Red Sox,” WEEI Red Sox beat writer Rob Bradford tweeted.
The New York Mets are in desperate need of an upgrade at the shortstop position and have shown interest in Drew. It’s unknown exactly how serious the Mets are in signing him, but there is no question it would be a great deal for them. The organization must figure out a way to inject some excitement into the fan base and Drew would be one way to do that.
The Red Sox have several other options at shortstop, which is why they would feel comfortable allowing Drew to sign elsewhere. With that being said, prospect Xander Bogaerts simply isn’t a good enough option at the moment when compared to Drew’s play at shortstop.
The 30-year-old isn’t a phenomenal offensive threat by any means as evidence of his .264 career batting average. On the other hand, he does possess above-average power, which is a big reason why Boston is considering bringing him back. More importantly, he is an outstanding defensive asset.
Drew batted .253 with 13 home runs, 67 RBI, 29 doubles, six stolen bases and a .333 on-base percentage in 442 at-bats in 2013.