Stephen Drew Set to Return to Boston Red Sox?


He’s the last of the big four free-agents that the Boston Red Sox had this winter and although nothing is imminent, shortstop Stephen Drew could be returning to the World Series champions.

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, who cites a source close to the situation, it’s expected that Drew will return to the Red Sox at some point this winter.

Meanwhile, Nick Cafardo of the Globe tweeted that the New York Mets are believed to be in on Drew given their need for a starting shortstop.

The Red Sox have made it known that they would like to add a middle infielder to help shore up the left side to compliment both Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts.  Drew could be a nice fit providing his new deal isn’t leaning towards the side of ridiculous.

When the free-agent market first opened up, Drew was said to be seeking a multi-year deal worth an average of somewhere around $15 million per season.  With his market slowing of late, he could possibly be had on a two-year deal.

Known more for his glove than his bat, Drew showcased some flashy leather in the postseason this past year despite failing miserably at the plate.

Last year with the Red Sox, Drew hit .253/.333/.443 to go along with 13 home runs and 67 RBI.  He is in store for a healthy raise this winter, whether it’s with the Sox or not.  By waiting out the market, Boston could be in a position to negotiate a deal that is best suited for them while still retaining Drew at least for one, maybe two more years.

 

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  • Conor Duffy

    I’d love to have Drew back but they’ll have to clear salary if they want to remain below the luxury tax threshold.

    • John Fahrer

      Maybe purge Dempster and Carp to the Pirates for 1B prospect Alex Dickerson to clear salary and roster space.

      If Drew does re-sign, maybe they have Bogaerts spend most of his time in LF with the occasional fill-in at SS, 3B, and maybe 2B.

      • Bill Carter

        Bogaerts in LF ???????? And maybe 2B ?????? What are you talking about??????????

        • John Fahrer

          LF is a potential destination for Bogaerts according to soxprospects.com.

          When I mentioned using him at 2B I meant as a fill-in on a rare off day for Pedroia.

      • Willy

        Acually John, I believe IF they re-sign Drew that Bogey will be the starting 3rd basemen & WMB (assuming he isnt traded) would be the Utility guy of sorts. Remember they had Will play some 2nd base last year and Im sure he’s taken some reps/grounders at 1st too(from Butterfield).

        • John Fahrer

          It’s a possibility. But I have some doubts they’d want someone of Middllebrooks’ skill set to be a reserve at least not at such a young age.

          • Willy

            Lets see if I an explain this well enough and I dont say that to be an ass, I just dont always explain myself the way Id like.
            The only person that is hurt by WMB becoming a Utility player, which is an option even though he doesnt play SS, is WMB not the Sox, Unless they try to trade him after they make him a Utility guy, then they lose out on value. The option that always remains, if they think of Will as a starting 3rd basemen, is to trade him now because he will be a miserable malcontent if he has to go to Pawtucket. They would be trading low, because he hasnt really proven himself but higher in value now than after becoming the Utility guy. The Sox like the idea of having depth at several positions BUT they also prefer to have a LHH infielder and RHH protection for JBj, not named Nava. It has also been said that the Sox havent been happy with WMB and Gomes even, because of comments… that Jonny made. So, if the Sox could make the right deal, free up some money & get the “protection” they so desire then we’ll probably see WMB… traded. The question that remains unanswered with Ben is; Does he like having the expensive depth in the Starting rotation more than his need for protection on the field? My answer would be> We have plenty of Depth to trade as many as 2 SP’s, and I wouldnt be afraid to trade WMB & Gomes with them. I want a quality Outfielder and Drew, which for me would make them a better team then what they presently have on the roster.

    • Derek Stykalo

      I feel like I’m in the minority here, but I’d be fine if Drew didn’t return. I’d rather Bogaerts get the job and bring in a veteran to platoon between third and short as a back up plan.

      • Rick M

        Go with WMB and X-Man. Put JBJ in CF and build up pitching, which they have done. Sox will score runs. Reward the farm system for smart player development.