It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox would love to have shortstop Stephen Drew back next season. However, like several other teams, the Red Sox won’t make an offer until Drew’s asking price comes down.
“We’ve kept the door open,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said, according to the team’s website. “We think we have a pretty good solution at shortstop if Stephen’s not here, but we like Stephen and the job he did. Because of that, we’ve kept the door open. We’re just going to continue to listen and talk and see where it ends up.”
One of those solutions who could replace drew is prospect Xander Bogaerts. Obviously, Boston loves what they have seen in him, as he was very productive at the end of last season and in the playoffs. With that being said, the organization would rather see Drew handle the position for a couple of more years until they hand it over to Bogaerts.
“Bogaerts really established himself in the Major Leagues. When you’ve got a young man that age playing in that environment, it’s a pretty remarkable achievement,” Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, told RedSox.com. “I think Xander Bogaerts is going to be one of the top five players in baseball.”
Boston has already stated that they have no intention to wait on Drew if the deal is right. If the two sides can agree on a reasonable contract then the deal will be signed immediately. However, until then, Drew will still listen to other offers in order to get the biggest payday.