What Does the Return of Stephen Drew Mean?
It had been rumored and discussed and then sometimes dismissed, however, the move that had been talked about finally happened. The Boston Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew to a one-year contract. But what does the move mean?
Boston has been struggling all year and has not really had any sort of consistency. One of the reasons for that is Boston turned three positions over to young players and they all have underperformed in some capacity. It would have been understandable if Boston had said that this year was going to be more of a rebuilding year and left it at that. However, the Drew signing shows that Boston still believes they can win this season.
Now that Drew is going to be back at shortstop, it appears as though Xander Bogaerts will be moved over to third base. That makes the defense a lot better, but I do wonder about Bogaert’s psyche. He has spent this whole time working as a shortstop and that seemed to be the primary focus. How is he going to feel about having to move to another position? I feel like him learning shortstop this year was a waste of time at this point.
Finally, this may spell the end of Will Middlebrooks tenure in Boston. He has promise as a power hitter, but injury after injury has gotten in the way. It may be best at this point to have him go down to the minors and then include him in some sort of package deal around the trading deadline.
Boston got this move right. Good job.