Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington disputed a report by ESPN Boston that shortstop Stephen Drew will not return to the Red Sox.
“That’s not something I’ve been told,” Cherington said as he left the GM and owners meetings at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes. “We’re still talking with him and we’d like to have him back. We’ll see what happens.”
On Wednesday, agent Scott Boras said that Drew “very much enjoyed” his time in Boston and would consider opportunities to stay. He, too, said no decision had been made.
Drew is seeking a multiyear contract, something the Red Sox would prefer to avoid. But because Drew was tendered a qualifying offer by Boston, signing him could cost another team its first-round draft pick. That could dampen the market for Drew and perhaps lead to a return to Boston.
Well, you might as well rule him out Ben. Drew is a Boras client afterall.
Let's be honest though...there is a chance the Red Sox retain Drew. Some may argue this, but I wouldn't be opposed to signing Drew to a three-year $42-million deal. Sure he's a frustrating guy to watch. But name me another shortstop on the market who has pop, is capable of a big hit, and has above-average defense.
If the Red Sox re-sign Drew, that would allow them even more flexibility on the trade market, freeing up 3B Will Middlebrooks. One thing's for sure: the Red Sox are in a position where if they lose Drew, they won't suffer as a result. If you can get him at your targeted price, go for it. If not, no big deal...let him walk.
Rest of the links:
Globe: Like it or not, baseball will be part of baseball | Herald: Free agent offers nowhere near enough | Herald: Sox method won't work for every team | CSNNE.com: Drew could still be back with Sox | CSNNE.com: Rangers, Sox competing for Napoli