Boston, MA - The Boston Red Sox placed a qualifying offer to Stephen Drew, but he turned that offer down and appears likely to sign elsewhere this offseason. According to ESPN Boston, Stephen Drew has already decided not to return to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox had already made the decision that they wanted to bring Drew back, but he already has several larger offers from other MLB teams.
Stephen Drew was a key defensive piece for the Red Sox in their postseason run last season, but struggled offensively all season. He did have a couple clutch hits in the postseason, but for the most part his bat is not what will make him money. Defensively, he is one of the best shortstops in the major leagues. The departure of Drew likely means that 21-year-old Xander Bogaerts will take over.
Scott Boras has made it clear to teams that Stephen Drew will want to command a large contract to convince him to sign. The Red Sox qualifying offer to Drew was $14.1 million and he rejected it, so it will be interesting to see what he winds up signing for elsewhere.
One team that ha already shown interest in signing Stephen Drew is the New York Yankees. They obviously could afford to offer Drew the kind of money that he’s looking for. Another team that has been said to have interest is the New York Mets. There will likely be quite a few teams in on the bidding war for Drew by the time he makes a decision, and it’s likely he’ll get a lucrative deal for multiple years. One team that we can definitely mark off for him is the Boston Red Sox.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.