Many of the top free agents in MLB have either returned to their teams or found new homes. Believe it or not, the time when pitchers and catchers report is just a little over a month away. However, there is one free agent that is still out on the open market, and that is a good thing for the Boston Red Sox. That would be their starting shortstop, Stephen Drew.
It appears as though it has been very quiet for teams that have been courting Drew, and there is a good reason for that. Any team that would sign Drew would have to forfeit a top draft pick. There are many teams that are extremely hesitant to do that and gamble with their future. So with that, Drew waits — and waits — and waits. We’ve heard murmurs from the New York Yankees and New York Mets, but that’s been about it.
That is great news for the Red Sox who really like Drew and definitely want him back. They potentially get back a very good player under their terms and they don’t have to give up anything to get him. It seems as though the longer that this waiting game is playing out the more likely it is that Drew ends up back in Boston.
Drew’s agent is the infamous Scott Boras who sometimes doesn’t have his clients sign anywhere until very late in the offseason. Prince Fielder waited until the winter was just about over before he signed with the Detroit Tigers. This scenario seems to be different since other teams appear to be waiting for Boston to make their inevitable move.
Drew was fantastic defensively in 2013, and his return would allow John Farrell to put Xander Bogaerts at third base and maybe make a Manny Machado type of impact on the lineup. The longer this free agent game plays out, the better this will be for Boston. It looks like Ben Cherington may have done it again.