The Boston Red Sox are deep in the heart of Spring Training, and it is about two weeks until the beginning of the MLB regular season. Most of the free agents have either found new homes or returned to their old teams. However, there is one prominent player who is still out there and not in Florida with the rest of his team. That player is shortstop Stephen Drew.
Drew’s agent is Scott Boras, who is notorious for having some of his clients wait until very late in Spring Training before signing somewhere, so this situation is not uncommon. However, it is somewhat strange that a shortstop of Drew’s caliber hasn’t had much of a market at all this offseason. Yes, it is all about that first round draft pick that a team would forfeit if they signed Drew. You still would think at least one team might take the plunge.
A team that could really use him at this point would be the Detroit Tigers,who just found out that they lost their starting shortstop Jose Iglesias for most, if not all, of the 2014 season. This is a huge loss for the Tigers, because if any player can stabilize an infield, it is Iglesias. Drew would be a very good fit. He had a terrible postseason offensively, but he really showed what he is capable of with his glove, and it looked like he even took his defense to the next level.
It still seems interesting that Boston isn’t going to sign him anymore, and are now committing themselves to Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Will Middlebrooks at third base. Bogaerts is going to be a special player and an all-around amazing talent, but I wouldn’t put him in the same category defensively as Drew. One does wonder if not having Drew’s glove is going to come back to haunt Boston at some point.
Reportedly, Drew is not happy that he didn’t take the $14 million qualifying offer. Hopefully he ends up playing somewhere in 2014; he may be having to join his brother as a spectator.