Stephen Drew may have turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox but that doesn’t mean the team will allow him to walk freely.
Even though there a few teams in on Drew, the Red Sox have every intention of bringing him back this offseason. The fact is the market isn’t exactly what the shortstop had envisioned for himself, which might mean a bad break for his agent. The good news for the Red Sox is that a bad market for Drew means a good player will return for them.
“#redsox still talking to stephen drew. as with napoli, they want him back,” Jon Heyman tweeted.
The Red Sox have several other options at shortstop, which is why many speculated the organization 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. That means if Boston wants to compete for a second consecutive World Series title, bringing back Drew is a must.
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 re-signing him. On top of that, he is a great defensive asset in the field, which is something that is very important to the Red Sox.
It’s tough to say the type of deal Drew will get from Boston, especially since they know they have him on the ropes. With that being said, the veteran would be foolish not to accept an offer at this point.
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.