Red Sox Rumor Updates: Jacoby Ellsbury & Stephen Drew

As the middle of November is upon is, the hot stove around Major League baseball is in full roar which includes plenty of rumors surrounding the Boston Red Sox and their six free-agents.

Two of the more prominent names that played in Boston last year that are now on the open market include center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and shortstop Stephen Drew.  Both are seeking multi-year deals and while there is a possibility both are back in Red Sox silks next season, there is plenty of interest from other clubs as well, as mentioned by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

First on Ellsbury.  Heyman notes that the Texas Rangers are focusing their sights on Shin-Soo Choo and have apparently “ruled out” Ellsbury.  Heyman writes that the Rangers have full confidence in Leonys Martin and his ability to handle more playing time in the outfield and as such don’t require Ellsbury’s services.

Of course this could change is the Rangers aren’t able to land Choo and with a number of other clubs interested, anything can happen at this point.  Nelson Cruz is a free-agent and if he departs, the Rangers will need to plug the hole he leaves behind.

On the Stephen Drew sweepstakes, the New York Yankees are allegedly still in on the shortstop, even after coming to terms with Brendan Ryan earlier today, courtesy of Heyman.

The Bronx Bombers have question marks surrounding the aging Derek Jeter who recovers from an ankle injury and signing Ryan helps shore up the position.  By adding Drew to the infield could serve as additional insurance providing the Alex Rodriguez hearing doesn’t go his way and New York has to fill the hole at third base.

Drew is tied to a draft pick and is said to be seeking a multi-year deal for four to five years, something the Red Sox may be hesitant to offer.

Considered to be the one of the top shortstops available this winter, Drew hit .253 with 13 homers and drove in a career best 67 RBIs this past season for the Red Sox.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew

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  • John Fahrer

    Would love to see Drew back on a two or three year deal. Don’t know if anybody else would really go beyond that.

  • william wipperdink

    if the red sox would pay drew $42 million for 3 years they can have him

    • John Fahrer

      Considering there aren’t many SS who can field efficiently and put up an OPS above the career average, that’s probably the money Drew will get. There were only three other SS with an OPS better than Drew’s .777.

      • Rick M

        There are other positives and negatives within his numbers. His K rate approaches 25%. His BABIP is second among SS. His numbers against left handers is pitiful. His slugging is third. You run the various numbers and he has more on the plus column than the minus. Above average glove, too.

        • John Fahrer

          Wouldn’t want Drew playing vs LHP anyway. Since there’s a lack of utility IF options who can play short, they could sign a guy like Jeff Baker who mashes lefties. And on days against a LHP, they can have Bogaerts play SS and have Baker at 3B.

          • Rick M

            You pay a guy the kind of money he will eventually get you don’t want his fanny on the bench 40 games. You just hope you get someone who is more consistent. Based on Drew’s representation and the market he will probably get a 4+ year deal.

          • John Fahrer

            Then you let him walk and hope Garin Cecchini arrives soon and rescues the Sox lineup and infield from the Texarkana Trumbo.