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Red Sox send Stephen Drew to Single-A

May 23, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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As expected Stephen Drew cleared waivers in a procedural move, allowing the Red Sox to send the newly re-signed shortstop to Single-A Greenville.

Drew is expected to spend about 10 days in the minors, likely moving up to Double-A or Triple-A early next week.

After waiting for better offers that never arrived–or, if you believe agent Scott Boras, turning down multi-year offers–Drew signed a one-year deal to return to the Red Sox for a prorated share of the $14.1 million qualifying offer that he turned down at the beginning of the offseason. That comes out to around $10 million and he’ll end up missing the first two months of the season.

  1. SocraticGadfly - May 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    All right! Looks like the Borass Baseball Academy did a great job of keeping Drew in MLB game shape and sharpness, just like Scott Borass said it would.

  2. sportsnut101 - May 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    U dont turn down 14 mill plain n simple
    I hope boras cut his commission on this 1
    He is avg offense player with really good glove
    They still overpaid at 10 million

    • dan1111 - May 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Overpaid at 10 million? I don’t think so. An “average offense player with really good glove” at shortstop is easily worth that much. Despite his unflashy stats and playing only 124 games, he was one of the top few AL shortstops last year in terms of overall value produced.

      Also, note that Jhonny Peralta, who provides similar value at short, is a year older, and has steroid baggage, got a $53 million contract. Drew would have gotten a much larger contract, too, if teams didn’t have to give up a draft pick to sign him.

      • dan1111 - May 24, 2014 at 2:07 AM

        If you think about it, perversely, the steroid suspension probably made Peralta a ton of money. The Tigers would have surely given him a qualifying offer if he hadn’t been suspended, and the Cardinals would not have given him such a nice contract.

        This is a nice case study of why draft pick compensation should be eliminated.

  3. onbucky96 - May 24, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Scott Boras, Prince of Darkness.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - May 24, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Ugh, I was just in Greenville at this time last year! The fans there will have fun watching him play for sure. Drew should visit the ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson museum and eat at Twin Peaks while he’s in town, too.

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