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The Tigers could still get Stephen Drew on a one-year deal

Mar 21, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

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Shockingly, mere hours after the Tigers trade for a shortstop, “a person familiar with Drew’s thinking” tells the Detroit Free Press that Stephen Drew could be had by the Tigers on a one-year deal.

He’d sure as heck be better than Andrew Romine and the cast of in-house options the Tigers have for short. And while a multi-year deal makes little sense for the Tigers given Jose Iglesias‘ presumed return next year, a one-year deal would be ideal.

  1. pappageorgio - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    “a person familiar with Drew’s thinking”.

    Yeah….anyone like to venture a gues is to who this is? You get two guesses…..but I’ll bet everyone gets it on the first try.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM


      • historiophiliac - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Mrs. JD.

    • jrbdmb - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Anyone except Scott Boras?

    • rje413diamond - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      There’s something more “then meets the eye” about Drew. It can’t be all about a draft pick and the pool money. A lot of the big teams have already lost there first round pick & some pool $. Is this guy a bad egg(club house or dugout or a me not team guy)that we’ve(or just me) not read or heard about. Hard to believe in this day in age, but it’s possible i guess.

      • rje413diamond - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        If he’s looking to play in April your looking at 10mil TOPS. 14mil was offered by Boston and now that’s gone and gone for good. Detroit & the Mets can both use and afford that. And that’s just the 2 teams that come to mind while I’m typing this.

  2. holleywood9 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Why would the tigers drop a first round pick on a one year deal… Doesn’t seem like good business

    • hoopmatch - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Well, there’s the 84-year-old owner who gave the foolish order to sign Prince Fielder two years ago because he wants Le Tigres to win a world series before he leaves this place…

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM


        Prince was the top free agent, if you don’t think that any owner who had the cash would have signed him, you’re kidding yourself

        Hell, trading him for Kinsler is a huge downgrade for the tigs

      • jrbdmb - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Well nobody else signed him, did they, until Victor Martinez turned out to have a bad knee and the Tigers panicked. Good player but a bad deal. No wonder the Tigers got out of that deal when they had the chance.

      • Reflex - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        um, nobody ever signs a free agent until someone does. Its a silly thing to say. Prince was a good signing and yes the Tigers just downgraded severely.

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    The reports also mention Drew is likely looking for a 1 year deal of at least $14.1MM the amount of the QO he turned down.

    The question is, is Drew in a position to turn down any reasonable offer if it’s something less than $14.1MM? And from the Tigers perspective is Drew worth $14.1MM and the loss of their 1st round draft choice for just 1 year?

    I guess this where and why GM’s and Agents earn their money.

  4. rjostewart - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Not sure why Drew wouldn’t just wait another few days to find out how serious Andrus’s injury is.

  5. TheMorningStar - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Don’t care if Drew signs for 500k…just sign the contract and have MLB sent Detroit’s 1st rd pick to Boston, c/o Ben Cerington.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      The Sox don’t get the Tigers first round pick. The pick disappears, and the Sox will get a compensation pick.

      • professor30 - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        I thought the first round pick didn’t disappear until after the draft in June.

      • chill1184 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        @professor Correct the pick compensation disappears after the June draft. What church is saying is that the Tigers first round pick would just vanish if they signed Drew before them. The Red Sox do not get the Tigers 1st rounder, just a sandwhich pick on one of the later draft rounds

      • TheMorningStar - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Right…a compensation pick tacked onto the end of the 1st rd.

  6. historiophiliac - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Hahahahaha. No.

  7. professor30 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I know if he signs after opening day he can’t be offered a QO after the season but i thought the 1st rounder stayed until after the draft. Not doubting you just unclear on the rule.

  8. pwshrugged - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    The organizational depth on the farm is getting too thin for the Tigers to let a first-round pick go for one year of Stephen Drew. Their trade for Ronine, love it or hate it, pretty much confirms that they’ll go with their existing in-house options at least until the compensatory pick rule on Drew lifts in June.

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