Jun 17, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) bats during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

It's time to sit Stephen Drew for Xander Bogaerts

When the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, the hope was that he could provide a bit of a pick-me-up to the offense along with his always solid defense. Offensively though, the plan has been a disaster.

The struggles of Drew reached an ultimate low-point last night when John Farrell decided to pinch-hit Jonathan Herrera for him in the eighth inning, after Drew had gone 0-3 on the night.

Drew is now mired in an 0-23 slump, and is 6-45 since signing with the Sox. That includes only two extra-base hits and zero home runs (he has more injuries than home runs). He’s also struck out 13 times and only walked twice.

Is it a huge sample size? No. But it’s bad.

The Red Sox continue to claim that Xander Bogaerts is the shortstop of the future. Yet, even with the third worst record in the American League, they continue to play a struggling Drew at short. Why not sacrifice a little bit of defense to try to provide some offense and build for the future?

It’s important to note that since moving to third, Bogaerts has almost completely lost his bat:

As Pete says, there’s no way to prove that it’s the reason, but there is a massive difference in the numbers.

I’m not going to be one of those people that places all the blame for the team’s struggles on Drew. That would be shortsighted. But they’re certainly not better with him.

So it’s time to play for the future. And if the Sox front office hasn’t been lying to us (and to Bogaerts), that means playing Bogaerts at short and ending the Stephen Drew era.

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  • Rick M

    It’s only money! Drew was a panic move and now it is plain ugly.

  • John Fahrer

    Bogaerts is still getting regular AB’s. And Drew has actually started heating up. Keep him in the lineup until an appealing trade emerges (and one will). The draft pick for Drew wasn’t coming and signing him kept him away from division rivals. And with two viable SS options (Drew and Bogaerts), it solidified a permanent spot on the roster for Brock Holt (with Herrera being the odd-man out). Now they might actually get a 19 or 20 year old lottery ticket in the low minors for the guy. Sounds way better than getting nothing while Drew upgraded the Yanks or Jays infield defense.

    It’s not Drew’s signing that led to Bogaerts’ slump. It’s clubs getting a book on the guy and it’s now up to Bogaerts to make the adjustments to get out of it. The defense is better with Drew at SS and Bogaerts at 3B. In the long run, Bogaerts will be playing 3B or LF anyway.