The Boston Red Sox have started their Spring Training, as many of their players have been filtering in well before their scheduled date. This shows a real commitment on their part to do the best that they can to defend their World Championship. One player who is not at Fort Myers and may not show up at all is free agent shortstop, however, is Stephen Drew.
Drew has yet to sign with any team, mostly due to the fact that if he is signed, the team that acquires him has to give up a draft pick. Boston has said throughout the winter that they would like Drew back, but it has to be at their price. One team that has expressed an interest and would be a good fit are the New York Mets.
The Mets have said that they would be interested in Drew if the price was right and at one point, it looked like an offer had been made to him. That was dismissed, but New York still seems very taken by Drew’s skill set and he would definitely be a significant upgrade over their current shortstop, Ruben Tejada, who struggled to the point that he was sent down to the minor leagues.
Meanwhile, Boston announced that Xander Bogaerts would be working out exclusively at shortstop. Although Bogaerts played quite a bit of third base last season, the Red Sox don’t feel that it is fair to overload him at two different positions, which makes a lot of sense. Bogaerts should feel comfortable knowing that he is going to be in the starting lineup rather than trying to master two different positions.
I thought that it was inevitable that Drew would be coming back to Boston, but now I tend to doubt it. Another new year, another new shortstop. Seems about right.