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The Red Sox have brought back Stephen Drew on a one-year, 14 million dollar deal (prorated), and will be manning shortstop for Boston pending a physical. This deal ends a cat and mouse game that played throughout the offseason and the beginning of the 2014 season.
All offseason the Red Sox said they were committed to Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks manning the left side of the infield. For nearly two months the Red Sox stood by their commitment and were understanding that the young duo would endure more peaks and valleys than veterans would. Unfortunately, with the Red Sox sporting a 20-23 record and enduring the first four game losing streak under John Farrell, Ben Cherington decided to act.
Much has been made about Drew’s postseason struggles last year, but for his career he has a .264/.329/.435 slash line which is above average for a shortstop. He also hit 29 doubles and 13 home runs for the Red Sox last season which shows that he is better than his postseason performance. Beyond his bat Drew’s defensive prowess will help solidify the defense at shortstop which had been riddled inconsistencies for the Red Sox much of the season. Drew’s defense in the postseason was nothing short of spectacular and will be a welcome addition to the team. In case anyone forgot, plays like this below are fairly routine for Drew.
There will of course be the people who do not like this deal. Many of them will claim Drew is nothing but a glove-first player who is prone to injuries. Unfortunately for Stephen Drew, his brother JD was so disliked that many Red Sox fans lump the two together. Stephen Drew probably will not solve all the problems the Red Sox have, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Oh and by they way, I have always thought Stephen Drew was the right direction for the Red Sox when I wrote about it back in November. It just took the Red Sox a little longer to figure it out.