Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) throws to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox re-sign shortstop Stephen Drew


With Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list, Boston found themselves short on depth on the left side of the infield. In order to boost the infield, the Boston Red Sox turned to a familiar face: Stephen Drew. Boston signed Drew to a one year $10.17 million deal. This amount is about the same rate as the $14.1 million is for a full season.

Drew, 31 served as Boston’s starting shortstop last season. He batted .253 while hitting 13 homeruns for the club. On defense, Drew was outstanding as usual. He boasted a .984 fielding percentage, a huge improvement over Xander Bogaerts.

Now that Drew is back in Boston,it is likely that Xander Bogaerts will move back to third base for the time being. Bogaerts is better defensively at third base as of right now, so Boston will improve in that department.

There has been no announcement as of right now saying who was designated for assignment off the 40-man roster in order to add Drew back, but Jonathan Herrera is a possibility. This is because Drew gives the team defensive stability, meaning Boston is no longer in dire need of a solid defensive backup shortstop. By keeping Brock Holt, Boston receives an upgrade on offense over Jonathan Herrera, which is more valuable to the team at the moment. Boston could take the other route fearing to lose Herrera and option Brock Holt down to Pawtucket. This makes less sense however, as they would need to DFA someone else. Hopefully if Boston does DFA Jonathan Herrera, he accepts Minor League assignment.

Overall, this is a smart move by the front office. Hopefully Stephen Drew learned a valuable lesson that greed does not pay off since now he only gets to play about 3/4 of the MLB season. Not to mention he lost about $4 million and did not get to go to Spring Training. He should do well nonetheless, and is an upgrade for the Red Sox.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox Brock Holt Jonathan Herrera Stephen Drew Will Middlebrooks Xander Bogaerts

  • Rick M

    Is that the smell of desperation in the air? No…maybe the odor of failure?

    • Tom

      He should help turn things around

      • Rick M

        Based on what has been the production of Bogaerts and WMB that should not be difficult. Next to wave the white flag is JBJ. Sean’s man love for Nava may soon blossom.

        • Tom

          Yeah I agree

  • Drew Peabody

    This is some sharp analysis, nice job. You should join our google group. I am not sure how you do that, but this way you could tell the other writers you are posting.

    Drew
    @drewdpeabody

    • Tom

      Thanks and I will join the group soon

  • John Fahrer

    Doubtful Herrera gets DFA’d. I’m betting it’s Lavarnway.

    • Tom

      Yeah I could see that

      • John Fahrer

        Makes the most sense. His promise has fizzled out, he’s been passed over on the depth chart, and he’s in his final option year.

        • Tom

          that is very true, i just like the notion of having a lot of catchers on the 40 man roster

          • John Fahrer

            If somehow all of Pierzynski, Ross, Vazquez, and Butler got hurt, I’d give Swihart a chance before Lavarnway. Don’t really see anybody snagging Lavarnway either. He could be re-added if this scenario took place.

          • Tom

            yeah I understand. There is still the off chance that he could do something as a first baseman though…

          • John Fahrer

            Would have to miraculously return to hitting home runs and drawing walks for it to happen.

          • Tom

            Yeah but he gets hot quick so there’s the chance