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Jake Peavy: Many Red Sox players “holding out hope” Stephen Drew returns

Feb 15, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

The decision isn’t up to the players, but Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy had an interesting comment on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew this morning:

The Red Sox haven’t officially closed the door on Drew, but Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears that it would likely be limited to a one-year deal or one-year deal with a player option which could help the team for luxury tax purposes. Otherwise, top prospect Xander Bogaerts will take over at shortstop.

If Drew wants a guaranteed multi-year contract, he’ll likely have to get it elsewhere, but it’s tough to see where he gets it at the moment. The Mets continue to downplay the chances of a match while the Yankees reportedly aren’t interested despite an obvious need for depth.

Drew, who turns 31 in March, hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 124 games for the World Series champions last year while playing excellent defense at shortstop. He declined a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from Boston in order to test free agency, so he is attached to draft pick compensation.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Red Sox players do not seem to be showing a lot of confidence in the Bogaerts/Middlebrooks combination.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Speaking of lack of confidence how is that bluejay starting rotation looking for 2014 pc? Yea shaky doesn’t even begin to describe that train wreck, you thought last year’s ERA was bad you aint seen nothing.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        harry,

        you got lucky last year with the Blue Jay rotation. No way it does worse this year.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Yea ok, You are pipe dreaming if you think that. Most of their rotation is on the downside and better suited for the NL. Let me know how that works out for ya ok? LOL

    • forsch31 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      It probably has more to do with the fact that they like Drew than any lack of confidence his replacements.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I think veterans like veterans best.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Yah, I reckon us Sox fans aren’t 100% sure if Middlebrooks has a whole season in him. Even Bogaerts hasn’t necessarily proven himself over the course of a whole season. It’s good when you bet on the young bucks and it pays off but it seems like these guys are assuming that one of the two or both will need a few games off to snap a cold streak.

      I suppose the team would rather have a back up plan on the roster who helped them win a WS than make a desperate trade in the middle of the season.

      • ltpm3 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:57 AM

        Maybe if Middlebrooks stops trying to be something he isn’t, he might be able to do a decent job at 3d. His back handed grabs make me sceam at the TV.

    • bobwsc - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      surprised you didn’t layer in a shot about how the Sox screwed up Bard.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Who?

      • ltpm3 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:54 AM

        You can thank Valentine for that mess up, he is the one who messed up Bard. I hope that kid gets his control back.

    • rje49 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Well, yeah. You have a rookie (who shows promise) and a guy who may or may not catch the grounders hit to him. We want Drew back!

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    As a Sox fan I do not want Drew back.

    I want to see how Xander and Will handle things.

    Bringing back Drew essentially ends Middlebrooks’ career in Boston. And I’d rather know for sure on the two prospects, one way or the other, than delay that revelation by another year with a stop gap who is good enough but injury prone and whose offense disappeared completely during the most important part of the season.

    It wouldn’t be the worst move bringing him back, and I’d hope for the best….but I think it’s better to move on.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      i think your analysis of this is exactly right and that you should do everything you can to make the red sox front office aware of it. while you’re at it please also tell the yankees that signing drew would ruin the captain’s retirement tour.

      it would be much wiser to let drew go somewhere where 253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 124 games at the shortstop position would seem to be like a gift from god.

  3. pastabelly - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I always thought the worst case scenario was signing Drew to a multi-year deal. The second worse thing would be him accepting the qualifying offer. While I want him gone and the Sox getting a sandwich pick in return, a one-year $5 million dollar deal where he platoons with Middlebrooks and gets Bogearts some rest as well is not the worst alternative. You can’t blame the pitcher for preferring his defense over that of a rookie at short.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      $5,000,000 for a capable back up wouldn’t be too bad….

      But you’ll just end up seeing the same thing that happened in the playoffs. Not letting Middlebrooks get comfortable, putting Xander at 3rd every time Will slips, and then Drew ends up playing 120 games at SS (assuming he stays healthy which he won’t), Xander gets little experience there, and Will gets further and further removed from the potential he showed before injuring his wrist (no one seems to recognize how well he played in the second half last year, posting an OPS over .800 after coming back up).

      And what do we end up with long term? Xander at 3rd base, Middlebrooks gone, and the continuation of over a decade of trying to find an actual solution at shortstop.

      • ltzep75 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        You don’t start dating the sideline reporter if you have a confidence problem. He’ll be just fine.

      • pastabelly - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I actually agree with you. I was just trying to give Peavy’s perspective. As a fan, I also want to see Middlebrooks given a fair shot, especially since Garin Cecchini may only be a year away. This train needs to keep moving and I believe Drew needs to get off at his stop – 2013.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Middlebrooks had every chance to get comfortable at the start of last season. It’s not about his comfort, it’s about putting the best team on the field and not sacrificing the future to do so.

        I don’t worry about Drew taking a job away from Middlebrooks, but I do worry about Drew blocking the ability to call up Marrero or Cecchini in a couple years.

        Honestly, I’ll be happy with whatever the Red Sox decide. But I can’t believe the Cardinals didn’t sign him in the offseason and that the Yankees haven’t signed him yet.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        He was coming off a season ending injury in his rookie season.

        So it’s his sophomore campaign, after a lengthy layoff, and dealing with coming back from the injury and then injuring his back.

        That all adds up to needing some time to find your groove (which again, he did in Pawtucket and then came back and OPSed .808).

        If you believe putting the best team on the field and not working through a young player’s growing pains is the best way to go for the long term then I will suggest you have forgotten about Dustin Pedroia’s start to the 2007 season when people were calling for his benching.

        Putting Drew on the team at the detriment of the development of Will and Xander is sacrificing the future.

  4. cackalackyank - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    It seems like Cashman is determined to give the Red Sox that chance, too.

  5. professor30 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Having Drew come back for 1 year could work out if he’s willing to take a utility/backup role. Maybe I’m just having flash backs to Julio Lugo and Edgar Diareha.

    • spudchukar - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      If you choose to be insulting, at least get close on the spelling, otherwise you only insult yourself.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        That had almost as many errors as your typical game with Edgar at SS.

      • spudchukar - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Yeah, ROY, 5-time AS, 2-time GG, and holder of a few rings. What a bum.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Funny….I don’t remember any of those things happening when he played for the Red Sox….which is what he was referring to.

        OPS+ of 89 and 30 errors and a WAR of 1.4.

        So, I do have to agree with you. What a bum.

  6. ez4u2sa - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    I’d sign Drew, then move Bogarts to third and trade Middlebrooks. If he had real potential, it should have stabilized by now. Get something for him while he still has an perceived value. He does have good taste when it comes to the babes though.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Well, per 162 game played Middlebrooks averages 31 HRs, 99 RBIs, and .756 OPS.

      And he’s played 169 total games.

      Really his career thus far can be broken down into 3 segments:
      Rookie year prior to injury: 15 HRs, .835 OPS
      Sophomore year coming back from injury: 9 HRs, .617 OPS
      Sophomore year after straightening out in the minors: 8 HRs, .805 OPS.

      So really you think he hasn’t shown his potential because of a bad run of 52 games, and 200 ABs after breaking a bone in his hand and being out of action for months?

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