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Stephen Drew has a job! He’s back with the Red Sox

May 20, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS reports that Stephen Drew, sidelined since the end of the World Series after no one bit on him in the free agency market due to the compensation pick attached to him, has a job at long last. He’s back where he was last year: on a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. And, since he is going back to Boston, obviously no compensation pick attaches.

Heyman says the deal is for a pro-rated version of the $14 million he would’ve received from the Sox if he had accepted the qualifying offer they made him last fall. Or, roughly, $10 million. Of course the reason Drew didn’t accept the offer is that he and his agent Scott Boras assumed they could do better than that on the market. That decision cost Drew $4 million and a good chunk of 2014.

But now he has a home. One which needs him, frankly, due to the ineffectiveness of and then the injury to third baseman Will Middlebrooks. One suspects that Drew will move into the shortstop position he occupied last year and Xander Bogaerts will move back to third, though Drew can handle third as well if Boston decides that it wants Bogaerts to be their shortstop now and forever.

That leaves Kendrys Morales as the last of the players put in limbo due to receiving qualifying offers last year.

  1. kcroyal - May 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    How the hell is he supposed to feed his family on such a meager salary? Boras must feel like a real ass. Thanks Obama! Santa isn’t coming to the Drew family household this year.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - May 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      It truly brings a tear to the eye

    • dwrek5 - May 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Why take the side of the organization? They have the most money of anyone in the situation. The rich got richer, yet you mock Drew and Boras…

      • jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Man, I’m surprised the whoosh of the joke going over your head didn’t knock you over.

      • dwrek5 - May 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        I got the joke. But I don’t get why everyone hates on Boras but kisses the feet of the owners when they are being just as greedy.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM


      • twinfan24 - May 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        The owners are greedy in nearly all cases. But, they offered him $14 million to come back this year. He turned down $14 million. That’s the definition of greed.

    • proudlycanadian - May 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      I wonder if he was able to collect some form of unemployment insurance when he did not have a job?

  2. sixchr - May 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM


    • gothapotamus90210 - May 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      That Ryan Roberts #7 shirsey was a bad investment.

  3. flamethrower101 - May 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    What happened to the 3-year offer Scott Boras so vehemently claimed he had for Drew? Oh that’s right. It never existed. Yet another black mark for Boras as now he has only Morales left to handle.

    On the positive side I’m glad Drew finally has a home. The QO really did screw him over because even though he’s not an elite SS he’s a solid option and frankly a few teams could’ve used him *coughs* Mets *coughs*

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I thought — I was sure! — he’d go to St. Louis. Whoops.

      • flamethrower101 - May 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        And the Yankees wanted him too! #Sarcasm

    • 1981titan - May 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      The QO didn’t scfrew him over! The unrealistic expectations provided to him by his agent or ego cost him $4 million.

    • anxovies - May 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Say what you want about Boras but at least he never got beat up by Beyonce’s sister.

  4. gothapotamus90210 - May 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Got a little egg on your face, Mr. Boras.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Plus, this only happened because Middlebrooks is going on the DL. Otherwise, Boston might have tried platooning him and Brock Holt or something.

      Boras, via trusty mouthpiece Heyman, will spin this as a win, tough.

  5. zzalapski - May 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Our long national nightmare is over.

  6. sportsfan18 - May 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    BorASS will kick in the other $4 million to Drew…

    But then Drew thinks and says wait, wait, wait!!!

    YOU said you had a 3 yr $39 million offer for me…that means you still owe me $29 million…

    OK, time to be serious now…

    Borass was so very good for so long… he made many players so much money…

    but, his game and act has grow a tad old and it is the players who AGREE to take him on as their agents…

    so this is as much on Drew as it is on Boras…

    Borass had a great run as an agent… he’s been at it since 1982, he’s in his 60’s and he owns his own agency…

    time to kick back and enjoy your millions and millions Borass (no typo as I meant to type this)

  7. denverwally - May 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Another satisfied Scott Boras client. When will these guys learn that Boras isn’t the agent he was 10 years ago?

  8. Detroit Michael - May 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Makes me wonder whether Middlebrooks’ injury is worse than previously publicized.

    • petey1999 - May 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Well, his on-field performance surely is.

  9. sabatimus - May 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    And the Brock Holt roulette show continues. Why don’t they just keep him in the majors?

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      He’s a AAAA player, isn’t he? I mean, do we really think he needs more playing time? He’s a stopgap.

      Here’s hoping Middlebrooks has a great year in AAA and gets a fresh start somewhere else. I think it’s over for him in Boston.

      • sabatimus - May 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        I think Middlebrooks has all kinds of power but is extremely erratic. Holt hasn’t been given enough time this year to prove anything. Yes last year he sucked, in 26 games. Middlebrooks also sucked, in 94 games. And this year he’s been beyond suck. Holt’s been using his anger at the AAA level (reportedly he’s angry with a certain coach in Pawtucket) to put up some good numbers. I’d say give him more of a chance at 3rd and see how the next, say, 40 games pan out for him before spending that kinda money on Stephen Drew.

    • drewsylvania - May 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      If I’m the Red Sox, I keep Holt up and demote Herrera. The latter is completely useless.

      • sabatimus - May 20, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Herrera is a human out machine. A 36 OPS+ encapsulated around a .184 slugging, along with zero stolen bases. He’s quick but why bring Herrera in late in a close game and risk it going into extra, when you either have to stick with Herrera or have someone else come off the bench?

    • thesportsjudge - May 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      They don’t keep him in the majors for a couple reasons. 1 is options, he still has them left. 2 is he will get more playing time down on the farm.

  10. nolanwiffle - May 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Drew pulled a “Costanza” and had been reporting to the batting cages before every game this season.

    • mntreehugger - May 21, 2014 at 6:06 AM

      I was thinking the same thing…but the other “Costanza” where he held out for less money.

  11. nolanwiffle - May 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Drew pulled a “Costanza” and had been reporting to the batting cages before every game this season.

  12. rje49 - May 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Good. The Sox need something to wake them up. They probably need more than Drew, but it’s a start.

  13. hieronymous27 - May 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Hey Boras, what an outstanding job you did for your client! You kept Stephen Drew out of baseball for the first 2 months of the season; you humiliated him by making him crawl back to his former team and you did not get him the deal you promised.

  14. keltictim - May 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Now the only question that remains is will he get a state police escort from Logan airport a la Doug mirabelli?

  15. drewsylvania - May 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    A good idea at the price. If only he wasn’t so moribund…

  16. miguelcairo - May 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Nice Boston. Gonna pay a guy 10 million to hit .250 and possibly hit the DL for a few months. Good, good move.

    • drewsylvania - May 20, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      As opposed to, say, the Yankees, who are probably giving Cairo a call right now.

    • hammyofdoom - May 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      This is less than a one year deal, they could have paid him 30 million for all I care. Better than rolling out a bunch of AAA-AAAA type players at 3rd base

  17. hansob - May 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Since Drew isn’t spending the entire season with Boston, they can’t tag him with the QO this offseason, and that fact alone might make up a big chunk of the lost $4M, because he’ll be much more in demand this offseason (assuming he plays well).

    Not sure how much a first round pick is worth, but wouldn’t being a truly FREE agent be worth at least a couple million to Drew and his free agent value?

    Then again, maybe he doesn’t play well, and wouldn’t have gotten a second QO after this year anyways.

  18. tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    At least we probably won’t have to worry about him COMPLETELY disappearing in the playoffs this year.

    Silver lining.

    • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Defense exists, you know.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        He’d have to have made 25 put outs per game in the playoffs to make up for his bat.

      • 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        His opposite number in the World Series couldn’t hit and couldn’t field.

        No one is claiming he’s Cal Ripken or Ozzie Smith. He’s Stephen Drew: a good fielder who hits righties adequately. They’ve overpaying him, but it’s not my money.

  19. musketmaniac - May 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Holt looked like a potential starter when he was with Pittsburgh, I hope he succeeds in Boston.

  20. bruceeff - May 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Thank you, Jeebus. Now all the sports writers in Detroit can finally shut the hell up about Stephen Drew.

  21. carpi2 - May 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    I don’t fully understand how qualifying offers work. If Drew were to accept the initial QO from the Sox, would Drew have become a free-agent following this year? Or, would the Sox have the option of extending a new QO for the 2015 season?

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