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Stephen Drew regrets not taking the qualifying offer from the Red Sox

Mar 13, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

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Don’t expect Scott Boras to admit this — or for him to allow Stephen Drew to publicly do so — but Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe has the inside scoop:

Red Sox players say Stephen Drew now regrets not taking the qualifying offer when he had the chance. But the veteran players have turned from the idea that the team needs Drew back. That was the case at the beginning of camp, but not since they’ve had a chance to see Will Middlebrooks re-commit himself.

The first part of that — Drew regretting it — is news. You figure that he did not anticipate his offseason being so long. Or the Mets and Yankees, each of whom could really benefit by his presence, being so loathe to go after him.

The second part — the players no longer thinking the team needs Drew back — is something different. It’s not not news, I guess, but it would be more newsworthy for someone three weeks into spring training to admit that the team, as currently structured, is not fine. To do so would be a tacit swipe at the current players and the front office.

Put differently, a Red Sox player is not going to say now that they need Drew. But if the Sox signed Drew tomorrow, they’d all say “wow, great to have him back. Huge addition. We’re so much better now.”

  1. ez4u2sa - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    You mean he regrets missing out on that $14 million payday? Really? What a surprise. His next step ought to be to pick up the phone and fire Boras.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      You’re very convinced that the water-cooler gossip that you just heard 4th hand is true.

      You also must have been privy to Boras and Drew’s private conversations, so tell me, what did Boras advise Drew with regards to the QO?

      Your next step should be to pick up a phone and hit yourself in the head with it.

  2. chill1184 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I think he drops the opt-out after 1yr demand he may get some actual offers

  3. roro1015 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Hey Craig, on a totally different topic, whatever happened after Ryan Madson’s workout?? I heard he hit 93 a few times but never signed with anyone. Chance he signs with the Phillies on a minor league deal?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Huh. Have heard nothing. I’ll see what I can find out.

      • baberuthslegs - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        I’d like to cast my vote against responding to off topic posts. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Ruben Amarro, is that you?

  4. tcostant - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I thought after last year, a lot of players would take the qualifying offer that was presented to them in the offseason. Seems that players (and agents) did not learn the lessons of Adam LaRoche and Kyle Lohse.

    I’m betting mre guys take it next year!

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      No doubt. And a year from then, fewer teams will even offer them. Right now, teams know they get a free draft pick.

    • raysfan1 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      I’m betting some will still over value themselves and thus find themselves in the same boat.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Sure, because that 3 year, $33 million deal really showed Kyle Lohse not to wait and trust his agent.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        If he had accepted QO’s the past two years, he would have made almost $28MM in 2 years instead of 33 over 3.

        Of course, he would carry the risk of injury or declining performance himself. It is not a slam dunk either way.

  5. thebadguyswon - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Scott Boras clients will never accept Qualifying Offers. I’m sure Boras likens that to a surrender. He’s going to test the market every time.

    • karlkolchak - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      For once, he tested the market and got an “F.” ‘Bout time.

      • bolweevils2 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        He doesn’t get an F until Drew signs for less money than the qualifying offer, or remains unable to get a job. For all we know tomorrow he signs a multi-year deal for close to qualifying offer annual rates, which wouldn’t be an F.

        As someone else pointed out, we thought Lohse blew it too. But he ended up doing OK for himself in the end.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    If a player signs after opening day, the team can’t make a QO at the end of the season. This would theoretically increase the player’s value next offseason. When does that clock officially start? Any time after the first pitch in Australia? Is it MLB’s opening day, or the opening day of the team that signs him?

    Theoretically Drew could sign next weekend, get in a solid week of Spring Training and be ready for his new team’s opening day. I mean, Drew with only a week of ABs to prepare is still better than Ruben Tejada, right?

  7. gbrim - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Boras’ tactics only work with truly elite players. He is much more reasonable with the fringe guys he represents (Bloomquist, for example). The problem is he tries to use his elite player tactics for guys who are good, not great, and that hasn’t worked for him in years. Middling players should never let Boras represent them.

    • karlkolchak - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Great analysis. Given that teams are valuing draft picks more than ever, none of the guys who found themselves in Drew’s position should have been at all surprised that nobody was willing to give them what they wanted, which was no doubt multiple years at an AAV of at least as much as the QO.

      Count me as one that likes the new system. Let players like Drew take the QO. Then if they perform well again, they can take the next QO, and so on. That way they will have an incentive to play their best every year.

  8. kingscourt25 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    The Drew brothers stay taking those Ls

  9. pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Revis gets $12 million for the Patriots for one year and Drew refuses $14.1 million from the Red Sox. New England sports fans are living the dream. Players should stop treating the QOs as insults and start dealing with them as if they are businessmen. They don’t realize that Boras plays the odds game. Much more often than not, Boras wins. His portfolio is outstanding in that there are just a few bad moves sprinkled in with several great ones. Players don’t have a luxury of a portfolio. It’s just win or lose.

  10. pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    For what it’s worth, it was a foolish move by the Red Sox in making the QO to Drew in the first place. It not only would have been costly, but would have also led them to sell Middlebrooks for pennies on the dollar. If Middlebrooks does flop, then they can find a replacement at mid-season for much less than the price of Drew’s QO.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      I love all of this “analysis” before the season even starts. What if Drew takes a deal and the Sox get a draft pick out of it? I doubt you or any of the HBT amateur agent brigade will come back and admit how wrong you always are.

      Then again, that’s why Boras and his clients are multi-millionaires, and you’re, well, you.

      • sandwiches4ever - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Well, I’m pretty sure Boras’ clients are multi-millionaires because of freakish athletic ability.

    • bolweevils2 - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I can’t say that it was a foolish move, since it ended up working to their advantage. Risky, yes. But as it turned out it was anything but foolish since they are still in line to get a draft pick out of it.

      • pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Hindsight is 20/20 and there is no guarantee tha that the Red Sox will even get a pick for Drew if he doesn’t sign before the amateur draft. They’re lucky he didn’t accept the QO, which was a freaking 40% raise of his 2013 earnings. If Dempster hadn’t retired and Drew had accepted his QO, the Red Sox would have been in the hole $27.35M for spare parts. Now they have flexibility to make moves at deadline time and they can let players develop through the system. I don’t think the Drew move was smart. It was lucky, but I wouldn’t count on the draft pick.

      • jrbdmb - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        But that’s the beauty of it … since he was a Boras client there was no risk that Drew would accept the QO.

    • Jack Marshall - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Huh? The Red Sox gambled that Drew would NOT take it, and won. How is that foolish? They know Boras. Boston scribes were predicting that Drew would turn it down. I assumed he would. An oft-injured player coming off a good year won’t want to gamble with a one-year deal.

  11. rje49 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Hard grounder hit to Middlebrooks; cringe and hope. Hard grounder hit to Drew, confidence is priceless.

    • otistaylor89 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Are you Scott?
      Last time I checked they don’t play the same positions.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Considering that Drew’s presence on the team would put a shortstop (either Drew or Boegarts) at 3rd, I’d say it’s a relevant comparison.

    • blackcloud610 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Bases loaded 3 and 2 pitch to Drew, STRIKE THREE!!

    • jrbdmb - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Hard grounder hit to Drew … another extended trip to the DL.

  12. ironpeddler255 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I’m surprised he hasn’t taken a one year deal to play anywhere yet. Then Boras can start this crap all over again next year. When you think about it, the table was set for him to get a nice contract. He had a decent year in the field and at the plate with the Sox, they won the WS, and he became was a FA…and yet nothing. Why would the losing of a draft pick impact his signing so much? Was it a mirage of a year for him…something the other GMs thought he couldn’t repeat?

    At this rate, this kid could miss the entire year…INSTEAD of taking the 14M and another swing at FA next season. Bad, bad, bad…

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