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As the Red Sox continue to look for a shortstop for the time being, even with Dustin Pedroia now being rumored, a brother of one current Red Sox player could head to Boston to fill in the vacancy. That man is Stephen Drew, the younger brother of right fielder J.D. Drew. The younger Drew currently plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks and he would provide more offense for the Sox, rather than stabilize the defense like Alex Gonzalez would have done.
Stephen Drew has a very similar swing to his brother and most analysts covet J.D.’s swing because it is so smooth. Stephen would bring on a very identical bat to his brother while also playing more and at a position the Sox need. Stephen played in more games in one season (150 games) than his brother ever has in a single season (145), and he did it in his second year in the majors and then again the year after (152). Oh and he’d cost a lot less. Stephen made $1.5 million last season, J.D. made $14 million.
J.D. does make more money and he does put up better numbers, but Stephen could catch up to his brother soon. He has 50 homers in his first four years in the majors, J.D. had 63. Stephen so far has 215 RBIs in his career, J.D. had 182 in his first four years. Stephen is a career .270 hitter, J.D. has a career average of .283.
Stephen is a good shortstop who is only 26-years-old and could blossom into one of the best hitting middle-infielders in the game. I don’t know if it’s the best idea having brothers on the same team, but it could never hurt to find out. Who knows, it could make both J.D. and Stephen better as it could create a friendly competition amongst the two of them, or it could create a lot of controversy in the locker room. Who knows though.
He is not a bad fielder either, as he holds a career-fielding percentage of .976 and this past season had a percentage of .980. The almighty defensive-minded Gonzalez only has a career-fielding percentage of .970. So, that makes you think that maybe someone like Stephen would be suitable enough to cover the shortstop position both offensively and defensively. He is young too, so if the Sox were to obtain his services, then maybe he can stick around for a few years.
It would probably cost the Sox a lot to obtain him, though. He is a young talent who is poised to be around the league for years to come. I say give the D’Backs Lars Anderson and Manny Delcarmen for S. Drew. They shouldn’t need more than a couple players to get the deal done; Drew isn’t getting paid much and isn’t a top-tier player (yet).
Although I don’t think this acquisition will happen, it would be very interesting to see if it actually did. Two brothers on the same team, who also have very similar swings, could be lethal for opposing pitchers.