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Frank Sinatra and former Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew have a lot in common. They both have regrets; they have a few. According to Peter Abraham’s “Extra Bases,” his former teammates say that Drew regrets not taking the Red Sox qualifying offer. Of course he does; it is March 12th and he still has not made a commitment to a team.
Drew played for the defending World Series Champion, but he did not play at the same level as his teammates. David Ortiz, Shane Victorino, and even Mike Napoli carried him through the postseason with their excellent offensive performances. I do not know what Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, expected to get from another team. The best offer on the table was the one the Red Sox made him.
One year sounds pretty good right now doesn’t it, Scott? Yes, Scott, you read that right. I do not think Drew was the one pushing for the two-year contract. He just does not have the personality for greed, but Boras, baseball’s Gordon Gecko believes, “Greed is good.”
Now what will happen with Drew? Few teams have money to spend. All any of these teams would be able to offer is just one year. Beggars cannot be choosers, as my grandmother used to say. It is either beg or catch the next flight to Korea or Taiwan, going the way of yet another do-do, Manny Ramirez.