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.