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Red Sox not actively negotiating with Stephen Drew

Feb 26, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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From Alex Speier, the Red Sox beat reporter at

According to multiple industry sources, with the Red Sox on the verge of starting spring training games, the team has not been engaged in substantive talks since the opening of camp with shortstop Stephen Drew. The team has not ruled out categorically the possibility of re-signing the shortstop, but it views such a scenario as unlikely at this time — in the same way, for instance, that team officials imagined hypothetical scenarios where they became engaged on a free agent such as Ubaldo Jimenez if his market absolutely cratered.

Jimenez was tied to draft pick compensation, like Drew, but wound up landing a four-year, $50 million free agent contract last week from the Orioles. That kind of deal isn’t coming for Drew, who may wait until after the June draft to re-explore the market. The Red Sox don’t have to forfeit a draft pick to bring him back, but they seem content with Will Middlebrooks at third base and top prospect Xander Bogaerts at shortstop.

Drew, 30, hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 homers and 67 RBI in 124 games last year for the World Series champs. He was critical of MLB’s draft pick compensation system last week, telling CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, “Our union has been really good. But I think we really have to look at this. Is this really good for free agency?”

  1. chill1184 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, if Drew signs with a team during June, the signing team does not lose a draft pick?

    • darklockett - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Signing a free agent attached to draft pick compensation will forfeit a pick. If Drew gets signed after the draft, the signing team doesn’t have to worry about losing a pick.

      • chill1184 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Ah, thank you sir!

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    “Red Sox not actively negotiating with Stephen Drew” Apparently neither is anyone else.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      That is true. Borass made negative comments about the Jays ownership, on a Toronto radio station because the Jays are unwilling to sign Drew and Morales. Both radio commentators and Blue Jay broadcaster Greg Zaun laughed at his comments. They do not see how either Drew or Morales could help the Jays. Zaun in particular said that Drew, Morales, Ublado Jiminez and Ervin Santana wanted much more money than they were worth. As an aside, Zaun also said that some baseball people think that Ervin Santana is about 1 year away from needing Tommy John surgery.

      • pastabelly - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Yeah, overpaying free agents worked so well for Toronto last year. Good to see Scott endorsing that strategy for them again in 2014. :)

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        Actually, Toronto was done in by injuries last season. The 2 key free agents they signed were Izturis who did not play well and Melky who was done in by a tumor in his back. They also signed Mark DeRosa to be the 25th man on the roster. Due to all the injuries, DeRosa had to play a lot more than expected.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Apparently trades did in the Blue Jays as well. How did the RA Dickey trade fare? Or was he hurt too?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Dickey was pitching with a bad back most of the season. Check it out on google.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        I believe you, he did seem to be off a bit.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        He had a knot in a muscle in his back. That made it difficult to throw his knuckle ball at 2 speeds. The back got betterimproved in the second half.

  3. blabidibla - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Good Bogaerts can do anything Drew can.

    • paperlions - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      What can Bad Bogaerts do?

      • American of African Descent - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        Bad Bogarts can also do everything Drew can. However, bad Bogarts has a goatee and is subject to fits of maniacal laughter at various (although not inappropriate) times.

      • paperlions - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        Haha….now I can’t help but picture Good Bogaerts wearing a white robe with a halo and Bad Bogaerts dressed in red with a trident.

      • blabidibla - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Crap! I knew as soon as I posted I was missing proper punctuation.

        Stupid lack of edit function…mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble…

      • paperlions - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Hey, if you are going to leave out a comma….that was a pretty good one to omit.

  4. dinofrank60 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    It might mean the BoSox have already discussed and planned for this like DSilva said. They’re not stupid.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Another guy who has misplayed his hand so far. He isn’t even that good.

    • karlkolchak - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Yup, he can whine about the compensation system all he wants, but he knew what the rules were going in. Somehow, he got it into his head that he was a star player rather than a nice addition to have, and now one on the wrong side of 30 at that.

      The $14.1 million qualifying offer was higher than the AAV of any contract he’d likely get even without the compensation. Now he’s trying to blame the system for his own dumb decision not to accept that offer.

  6. ez4u2sa - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    A monumental screw up for Boras. Drew could have signed for 14 million with the Sox, 14 MILLION dollars! They said no and now the Sox realize they don’t need him. Red Sox Nation would really rather watch Bogarts. Thanks for the memories Drew.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Just for future reference it’s Bogaertznot Bogarts.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:19 AM

        correction: Bogaerts .

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        I will still think of him as “Humphrey”.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        Most of the time, I use Xander for exactly this reason.

    • American of African Descent - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      How can you expect him to feed his family on $14 million?

  7. pastabelly - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Unfortunately, the Red Sox will probably not get a sandwich pick in the draft out of this unless some team signs him before the amateur draft. That seems unlikely unless some short stop has a horrible injury during the next several weeks. All considered, the Red Sox should consider themselves lucky that Drew never signed the Qualifying Offer. I never understood it in the first place. I’m sure Boras didn’t either. The Red Sox need to find out what they have in Middlebrooks. Righthanded power hitters are not easy to find and their window on him is a year or two before they have another numbers game when Garin Cecchini is ready to challenge for that position. It’s doubtful that the WAR for a left side of Bogearts and Middlebrooks is materially less than one of Drew and Bogearts or enough to justify not giving Middlebrooks a fair look. We see too many Red Sox prospects who wind up doing well in Oakland because the Red Sox are in too much of a hurry to replace them with stabilized players like Drew.

  8. chargrz - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Just say no to Drew as he is not even an average player.Just another greedy player represented the most greedy agent Boros.

  9. sawxalicious - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    I have zero sympathy for Drew. He is a slightly above average player defensively and average offensively. 14 million dollars for one year was more than generous for his talent level and he blew it. I’m sure a team would sign him if he drastically reduced his salary demands. At this point, he should be considered lucky to receive 14 million total fir a two year contract. Reality is a beotch.

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