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Stephen Drew is said to be “perfectly healthy”

Jan 6, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

In listing the reasons why Stephen Drew is still out there on the free agent market, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News cited an official with one team that the shortstop’s medicals “are raising some concerns.” Well, Rob Bradford of hears otherwise:

Drew underwent surgery to repair a fractured ankle in 2011 and wasn’t quite himself upon returning in 2012, but he rebounded with the Red Sox last season by hitting .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI over 124 games while playing excellent defense. The 30-year-old missed some time around the All-Star break with a hamstring injury, but he finished the regular season strong before struggling offensively in the playoffs.

Even if Drew is “perfectly healthy,” it’s not too difficult to understand why he’s still looking for a home, as he’s attached to draft pick compensation and few teams are willing to make a costly upgrade at shortstop at this stage of the winter. On on a related note, Martino hears that the Red Sox and Mets are the “only known clubs” to be engaged with Drew and his agent Scott Boras. He would likely have to settle for a one-year deal to return to Boston and the Mets appear content waiting out the market.

  1. nysportsrule - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Sign him already! Alderson said we had some money, and we badly need an upgrade at shortstop.

    • rje49 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Sign him already, Sox! I couldn’t stand another year of holding my breath every time a grounder is hit to Middlebrooks.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Now if only Drew can get a team to “belly up to the bar” with a long term deal.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    When did the words “perfectly” and “relatively” become interchangeable?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:28 AM

      He’s a ‘9’ on the Drew Health Scale. For a normal person that’s somewhere between ‘permanently disabled’ and ‘partially incapacitated.’

  4. nymets4ever - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Too bad he’s also perfectly OVERRATED and OVERVALUED due to the current state of the shortstop market! Do the right thing and stick with Tejada.

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