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Red Sox to call up Stephen Drew from Triple-A

Jun 1, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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Stephen Drew will soon make his 2014 debut as the Red Sox have recalled him from Triple-A Pawtucket. Drew, who signed a prorated one-year, $14.1 million deal with the Sox on May 20, entered Sunday with a hit and a walk in 11 minor league plate appearances and went 1-for-3 today. He will take over at shortstop with Xander Bogaerts sliding over to third base. The Red Sox open up a three-game road series against the Indians on Monday.

The hot-hitting Brock Holt was faced with a playing time reduction, but the Sox placed Mike Carp on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right foot.  Holt will get some time over at first base until Mike Napoli is ready to return from his sprained left ring finger.

The Sox also optioned Garin Cecchini back to Triple-A Pawtucket after he made his major league debut on Sunday against the Rays, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    This is good news.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Forty years of wandering in the desert for pissing orf the baseball gods is coming to an end. Welcome to the promised land, Drew. That’ll teach you to go worshipping golden calves.

  3. 18thstreet - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Probably more accurate to say it’s a pro-rated $14.1 million. I think the cost is roughly $10 million. Not my money, but it seems like a lot.

    • Bill Baer - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Yeah, good point. Will add that it’s prorated. Thanks.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Seems like a panic move. If it lit a fire under Bogeys bottom than it may well be worth the price regardless of Drews performance.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Xander has OPSed almost .900 in the month of May. And Holt went 4-4 with 4 doubles today.

        It’s ridiculous that they are going to take playing time away from either one of them. There’s no value to Drew’s presence. He is just going to retard their development, and delay the ability of the team to move prospects in full time. Unless you like seeing guys like Brandon Moss blossoming for other teams when actually given the chance instead of being shuffled in and shuffled out for short term mediocre “solutions” like Drew.

      • Reflex - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Bogaerts has been one of their best players. What fire are you looking to light under him? I’d be way more concerned about their outfield.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:12 AM

        Like TFBuck, I am so sick of the Red Sox making terrible decisions. They haven’t won a World Series since LAST OCTOBER. Idiots.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    In the midst of a win streak when only Bogaerts and Holt are hitting bring up a weak hitting replacement to take time away from one or both of them.

    That’s brilliant.

    God I hope if he doesn’t hit he at least hits the DL in short order like the rest of his family.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      You have outlined the reason why I applaud Boston’s move.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Since when do you show up to troll Red Sox posts? Getting dizzy with power and drunk with home runs?

        Some people just can’t stand prosperity. :-p

    • 18thstreet - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      He’s not taking time away from Xander. Xander is a full-time 3B now instead of a full-time 2B.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Sorry about the brain fart. I know what position Xander plays. On the other hand, I can’t spell his last name without looking it up.

  5. stabonerichard - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Yes, clearly Holt–a 26-yr-old with a career 86 OPS+ and similarly mediocre minor league track record, should be viewed as a permanent fixture in the Sox lineup.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      He’s 25. With 200 career ABs.

      And he’s OPS+115 in the 82 ABs that count….this season’s (actually I don’t think that includes his 4-4 with 4 2Bs performance today so it’s actually considerably better than that….and also after he hit his first career HR last night).

      Will he continue at that pace? Who knows. Probably not. But at least the possibility exists. When you can guarantee that, with a whole lot more evidence to base it on, that Stephen Drew is good for an OPS+ of 98.

      So why even introduce Drew to the mix, when the guys he’s replacing are playing so well, and there are other players with much better upside available (and a lot cheaper)?

      Frankly, Drew coming on now is nothing but a momentum killer. Not to mention he’s been pretty crappy in the minors.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I completely agree.

      • stabonerichard - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        It’s his age 26 season, as he’ll blow out candles in a couple weeks. In any case, it’s nice he’s having his Chris Colabello moment and providing Boston a boost, but Boston would be foolish to count on him as a everyday player.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        I’m not saying they should.

        I’m saying you ride the train until it goes off the rails.

        And when it does, then you consider other options. But when you have plenty of other options available, all of which need playing time to develop, you don’t go with a known sub-par entity.

        This is exactly why they can’t develop a frigging outfielder. Because they pump all these guys up as the future of the franchise and then instead of PLAYING THEM they sign Ryan Sweeney, or run Darnell MacDonald out there, meanwhile the guys end up developing to varying degrees with other teams after being traded for mediocre stopgap pitching.

        It’s the dumbest system I can imagine.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        Waahh, my time is spending 10 million to reunite last year’s World Series winning left side of the infield. Waahhh.

        Brock Holt needs time to learn to play more positions, and play them better. Yesterday he dropped a throw from Bogaerts that didn’t even bounce.

    • stabonerichard - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      Drew is a “known sub-par entity”? He’s a solid but unspectacular option ready to slot back in, coming off last season’s production that provided 3 WAR.

      Holt is not a prospect who needs playing time. He’s a decent filler option who has performed admirably over a tiny sample, and will continue to provide flexibility in the meantime. But if Drew is a “sub-par” entity in your view, then you’re really going to be disappointed with Holt in the long run.

  6. stabonerichard - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Yes, clearly Holt–a 26-yr-old with a career 86 OPS+ and similarly mediocre minor league track record–should be viewed as a permanent fixture in the Sox lineup.

  7. bigdaddy44 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    A bad day from Holt is still an upgrade over Carp. Hopefully, Holt can keep his bat going somewhat while playing first. Napoli should be back soon.

  8. slaugin - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I wonder if Herrara (sp?) is the odd man out here. Brock came in as a 2B, plays 3B & 1B. The only problem I see is I don’t think he can be sent to the Minors so they’d have to cut him where as Brock has options

  9. pastabelly - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Hard to believe that there isn’t a better way to spend $9.5M to improve the team.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Maybe they could have signed Carlos Beltran for 3 years, $45 million, and forfeited a draft pick.

  10. papajack1259 - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    I do not think I can say the organization is foolishly spending their dough Where Drew fits in the big picture is hardtop see but I would not be surprised if Drew sits more than he plays used in late innings why not No one expected Holts production, if he has a carrear year great, he also could mentor some ofthe youngsters I the field Drew was a defensive shortstop never known as a an offensive power You need a lot of GOOD players to get through a season A key injury to a couple of key player can turn a season I think this is a good move for the Sox BUT I still see a trade coming

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