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John Farrell wants Stephen Drew back

Nov 6, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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From beat reporter Alex Speier of WEEI.com:

Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on WEEI’s Salk & Holley show, said that he believes that the Red Sox would be well served to bring back shortstop Stephen Drew in order to preserve the sort of depth on the left side of the infield that proved so beneficial to the team in 2013.

Drew got a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer earlier this week from the Red Sox, but the longtime Scott Boras client is fully expected to decline that offer in search of a multi-year pact.

“Stephen Drew is a very good shortstop,” Farrell told Salk & Holley on Wednesday. “I know there will be people who say what’s the infatuation with him based on the postseason performance. But he’s a darn good shortstop. He had a very strong year for us. He’s a left-handed hitter. Otherwise, we would have an entire right-handed hitting infield, which creates further balance in the lineup going forward,” said Farrell. “I can’t sit here today and say that he’s going to be back here. Personally, I’m hopeful he’s back. It buys us some time, whether [Xander Bogaerts] is the guy going forward next year at shortstop or if he’s at third base.”

That comment leaves a murky future for Will Middlebrooks, who opened the 2013 season as Boston’s starting third baseman but wound up batting just .227 with a .696 OPS in 374 plate appearances.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    You just won a World Series, dude….don’t make us question your sanity.

    He’s a good shortstop, fine….yes, he is a pretty good defender who is sporadically good with the bat….

    But the team just won an unexpected championship, and you have a bag full of goodwill. It is a fine time to do the same thing the team did before, when it stuck with the Pedroias and the Ellsburys and the Lesters…..

    You’re not in rebuilding mode by letting bridge players leave and young players take their spots….you are in still-competing-while-thinking-of-the-future mode. And you need to explore what Bogearts/Middlebrooks really brings to the table instead of screwing around with their development and plugging guys who have already peaked in and out of the lineup in a weak attempt to extend an unlikely streak.

    Having a solid foundation extends a streak.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      As much as I feared the idea of Stephen Drew coming up to the plate in the postseason, in the regular season I not only didn’t mind it, but I honestly felt good about it.

      I believe in Xander and Middlebrooks as much as anyone and love the idea of them playing, but whose to say Drew is kept to play as many games as he did last season? If things don’t work out, at least there is depth, and they can platoon like the end of the season.

      All of what I said sounds easy enough, but we both know Farrell is going to have to have Drew surgically removed from his hip in order for it to happen, but I at least believe $14 million for a season is meaningless to Cherington and if he’s not performing offensively, and Xander is performing as well defensively, I could see him actually loosing playing time this year, or being shipped out by the deadline.

      All I’m saying is, it buys time to see how things work out, and on a one year contract a team in need of a SS at the deadline will definitely take him from us.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        You’re suggesting signing a guy to a $15,000,000 a year, multi-year contract to not start?

        All signing him does is retard the development of Will and Xander because it forces 3 people to split time at 2 positions when one of them is already a known commodity, limitations and all.

        Last year was the season to “buy time”. He did his job as a bridge. Now bringing him back makes him a crutch which hinders the future.

        And the idea of trading him at the deadline isn’t very likely either because the team would have to be well out of contention otherwise he’s too valuable to trade even if he is only playing 50% of the games unless BOTH Xander and Will are absolutely destroying the league, which is unlikely since both will be juggled in and out of the lineup with no consistency.

    • richwizl - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Why the love affair with WMB? He’s about the worst fielding third baseman I can remember and I see no hope that he’ll ever be major league caliber. His hitting is horrible, too; he’s another Willy Mo Pena. Offer Drew $12/yr for 3 years and let Xander play third; problem solved. Trade WMB, if possible; he may be able to play first base at some point and, eventually, he might learn to hit above .250.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Middlebrooks OPSed .808 in the second half if I remember correctly.

    • lbush502013 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      If it was up to me I would let Drew walk and sign either Brian McCann or Salty as our Cather …..

      • lbush502013 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        As our catcher ( sorry about the type o error

  2. misterdreamer119 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    bougarts is the key, hes a real good player.

    • moseskkim - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Bogaerts isnt too shabby either =)

  3. pastabelly - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    This appears to be an either/or with Middlebrooks. Drew is a sure thing and a ver steady short stop. There is a SS in the minors they like and they might not see Xander at short anyway.

  4. theskinsman - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Seems to me Farrell is less than excited about Middlebrooks, and Bogaerts is the one of the three who isn’t going anywhere.

    • richwizl - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Why would anybody be excited about Middlebrooks? Stephen Drew carried his sorry butt all year. Can’t hit, can’t field his position. Drew got hurt twice this year and still ended up with decent numbers. I think he would be much better at Fenway in 2014. Good shortstops are hard to find and Bogaerts needs time to improve his glove.

      • tuberippin - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        “Good shortstops are hard to find”

        Winning a World Series championship doesn’t make Stephen Drew a good shortstop.

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