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Red Sox haven’t talked to Stephen Drew at all this season

Apr 28, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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Just in case anyone thought the Red Sox might have considered making a run at re-signing shortstop Stephen Drew now that he remains a free agent one month into the season, Rob Bradford of says it’s not happening.

According to Bradford “at no point this season have the Red Sox re-engaged in talks” with Drew, who hit .253 with 13 homers and a .777 OPS in 124 games for Boston last season before being replaced by Xander Bogaerts this year.

At this point it seems likely that Drew and fellow unsigned free agent Kendrys Morales will wait until after the June draft to sign, because then teams wouldn’t be required to forfeit draft picks. In the meantime, remember those reports that agent Scott Boras had a three-year, $39 million offer on the table for Drew? Haven’t seen any more of those in a while.

  1. skeleteeth - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Yeah, definitely not happening:

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    The Red Sox do not need him; however, I am sure that they wanted the draft pick they would have received if he had signed elsewhere.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Sox farm system wouldn’t be half as deep if they didn’t take advantage of the draft pick system in the old CBA. Hell they were the reason why it had to be changed.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      My guess is that the Yankees give him something like 3 years/$40MM (prorated) the day after the draft, because screw the Red Sox.

      • TheMorningStar - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        The Yankees definitely should sign Drew; the SS the Yankees have now has the range of a snail. Drew would be a HUGE upgrade at SS.

      • ltpm3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Of course they will go after Drew, he is an ex-Red Sox. And especially after the Red Sox win a World Series, the Yankees go after any ex-Red Sox Free Agent, happens every time. Guess they are trying to remake the winning team in New York …. cant be done, NY doesn’t have the heart, they just have the money!!! In the mean time, Boras has shown himself to be a bigger liar than he ever has been before.

      • pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        The Yankees are saving up for Jon Lester.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Please god no. They Yankees already have a soft-tossing lefty with diminishing skills.

    • mybrunoblog - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Wonder if we will see more situations like this in the future? Not the great desirable fee agents but the Lower tier guys who still want multiple years having to wait until June and the amateur draft for teams to sign them so they don’t lose picks.

      • cktai - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:48 AM

        With the experiences of the last two years, I imagine the lower tier guys will start accepting the QO. And when they start accepting it, a few years later, the teams will stop offering it to them.

  3. xpensivewinos - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Bogaerts defense is definitely a work in progress, but his time has come and they also need to let Middlebrooks sink or swim this season…….and either way, he may just be keeping the spot warm for Cecchini.

    Anyone dumb enough to allow their representation to talk them out of taking 14 million dollars for one season to play baseball is insane.

    I’d say he deserves whatever he gets, but we all know he’s still going to make a ton of money come June….

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      I for one will admit that I do not know all of the facts about drew and his free agent contract process. However, I do know that I heard that the Soxs did offer him a one year contract for 14 million. Also he is represented by Boras and Drew has seemed that they were expecting to receive more money with multiple years.The Red Sox and Boras have done a good amount of business together over the years. Which gives impression that the team doesn’t avoid Boras clients. Additionally, I’ve heard that the team likes Drew, But they have a few good young players that are coming in the future. All of this being said, I think that Drews hand has been over played because the Sox and other teams are not tripping over each other to sign Drew. Yes, maybe the best deal was the one, was already offered by the Red Sox. In the Market place a product is only worth what consumers are willing to pay.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Perhaps teams will wait until next season to sign them. Boras screwed up the play was to take the one year at $14.1 mil.

    • cackalackyank - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      I’m thinking we won’t see a lot of qualifying offers turned down this year.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Fewer will be offered and more will be accepted.

      • ptfu - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Only the very best players can afford to turn down the QO. Drew had a nice season but he’s nowhere near the top shortstops in the game.

  5. gigab0t - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Has anyone?

  6. davemvh - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Im available,and i suck,but ill play for half of what they offered him.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Half? I’ll save them half of the $7 million you’ll take as I’ll play for ONLY $3.5 million… plus the right of first refusal as I’ll lower my DEMAND when said other person goes lower than me…

  7. jcmeyer10 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    It all starts with a drunk text…

  8. tfbuckfutter - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    You know who else they haven’t talked to all season?

    Dom Dimaggio. You know why? He doesn’t play for them and they don’t want him to play for them.

    Plus Boras is asking way too much for him while insisting his best seasons are ahead of him.

  9. onbucky96 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Probably because Scott Boras LIED to his media source. Which is just fine for Mr.”Mystery Team”, just don’t have a team leak info about his “Steak Dinner” clients.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      The United States Mystery Team has an overpaid and underwhelming roster.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Still better than the Astros

  10. doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    14.1 million must look pretty good right bout now

  11. mikhelb - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I don’t see how Boras saying he had multiple millionaire offers for his players is any different than owners or executives saying they think a players is worth less than what Boras says somebody offered him for his players.

    Boras is creating leverage that way so the players get an amount Boras thinks is worth it, even if such offers were not real, he is creating false expectatives and players should not use that as a basis for what their real “value” is. What Boras does is manipulation, speculating, and that, should not be allowed.

    • ltpm3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      The funny part about this is that Boras always talks the Yankees into over paying for players …. always!! He has Cashman’s number and he plays it well, laughing all the way to the bank!!

      • micker716 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        Yeah, lying is cool. Everybody else does it It’s just good business. Boras is awesome.

  12. lenbias34pt - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Aren’t the Drews’ big bible bangers?

    How many times have these over rated boys held out?

  13. happytwinsfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Every game that goes by while drew isn’t with a team costs him
    14,000,000 / 162 = 86419.75308641975

    i’d hang myself.

    • ltpm3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      I would hang Boras!!! I don’t understand why Drew stays with Boras at all. He must not know there are other agents out there who actually signed players to decent contracts without any lying.

  14. mikhelb - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    14.1 millions? for 10% of that per year I can play SS for them, hell I’ll even clean the bathrooms and sweep the aisles.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      for that much i’d be willing to be a human batting tee.

  15. lenbias34pt - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I’m miserable when i can’t play in my co ed softball games for a week.

    this guy clearly doesnt’ love anything but the paper


  16. Jack Marshall - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Boras had a clear conflict of interest, with a zero-sum game in play: if he had client Drew accept the Sox offer, client Bogaerts was screwed. Drew was a fool to trust Boras under these conditions, and baseball is foolish and negligent to allow it. This is a slam-dunk impermissible conflict for a lawyer, and should be considered such for an agent as well. Boras (and other agents) have played this game for years: it’s unethical as hell.

  17. toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Boras and whoever his client is overestimating their respective market isn’t anything new. Happened to Ryan Madson before all his elbow problems the last couple years.

  18. j0esixpack - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I guess it’s possible that Scott Boras lied, but if you can’t trust a sports agent, who can you trust?

  19. pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Why’s everyone blaming Boras? Drew purposely signed with Boras and knows the way Boras does business. It’s all pretty formulaic and usually works, at least that what Drew was counting on.

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