The Drew era in Boston, bookended by a World Series title won by older brother J.D. in 2007 and another Series title won by younger brother Stephen last month, is coming to a close.
A baseball source said Tuesday that shortstop Stephen Drew will not return to the Red Sox because there are a number of teams willing to make multiyear offers for his services beyond anything Boston would do. Agent Scott Boras said he has talked with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington about Drew and his other free-agent client with Boston ties, Jacoby Ellsbury, but contended there is a high volume of interest in both players.
ESPN Boston: Stephen Drew won't return
Ah Stephen, it was nice to know you. Much like your older brother, you're leaving with a World Series title and a lot of people waving their fists in anger at you. Yet, despite the anger at the end of the year, you were less frustrating and more important to this team. (But thanks for the grand slam, JD!)
Yes he struggled at the plate, much like everyone else in the bottom of the order did, but he was the one who aroused the most ire amongst Sox fans this post season. Especially in the World Series. "PUT BOGAHTS AT SHORT. DREW'S A BUM." The one time Xander played at SS, a ball was out of his range and he had to make a difficult throw to Ortiz, which would later be a key part in the obstruction call.
And that's what made Drew a key cog for this team. At his worst he was doing a Jose Iglesias imitation, which I'll take when you have a good offense surrounding him. When he's going, he's solid against right handed pitchers and can be good for a .280/15/75 stat line. Combine that with a thin free agent market for shortstops, he's going to get PAID.
Drew was and still is a great fit for the team, which would explain why John Farrell wants him back. But with Xander Bogaerts having a coming out party during the playoffs, it makes sense to let him go elsewhere and sign a veteran that can back up both Bogaerts and Middlebrooks, like Juan Uribe.
Globe: Francona named manager of the year | Herald: Boras setting up Ellsbury, Drew up for big deals | Theo happy for Sox | Kershaw, Scherzer roll easily to Cy honors | Henry still in dreamland over title | CSNNE: Napoli: "This is the place" | McAdam: Expect Ellsbury to get Crawford-type deal |