Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; MLB agent Scott Boras is interviewed during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Boras: Stephen Drew May Sit Out Until After June Draft

Scott Boras thinks the draft pick compensation attached to his client Stephen Drew is negatively impacting his market. One way around that? Waiting until after the June amateur draft to sign.

Any player who was given and turned down a qualifying offer who signs after the June draft would no longer be attached to draft pick compensation.

Bean Stringfellow, who represents free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana is hinting that his client will hold out until after the draft.

According to Boras, Drew and fellow client Kendrys Morales sitting out until June is an option as well. Writes Ken Rosenthal:

Scott Boras, the agent for shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman-designated hitter Kendrys Morales, also suggested that his clients might not sign until after the draft, when compensation no longer would apply. Even delaying new deals until after Opening Day would benefit the players. An eligible free agent cannot receive a qualifying offer unless he is with his team for an entire season, according to the collective-bargaining agreement.

This year’s amateur draft will be held from June 5th through June 7th.


While the draft pick compensation system may need a bit of an overhaul, it’s not single-handedly ruining Drew’s market.

There are 10 teams who can sign Drew without forfeiting a first round draft pick, and none of them have made an offer to Drew that’s acceptable to Scott Boras.

There are lots of teams who would only need to surrender a second or third round pick for Drew, and none of them have made an acceptable offer either.

Boras may be bluffing here, but he’s stubborn enough to do something like this.  However, if he intends to take Drew into June without a contract, there are two things he should consider.

The first, is that by June, teams who are under-performing may be ready to deal some of their assets – potentially making clubs with a need at shortstop eager to find an answer via trade instead of potentially signing Drew.

Second, holding out until June will almost certainly lessen the amount of money Drew makes in 2014. There’s absolutely no reason for a team to pay Drew a full salary to play less than four months during the regular season.

This all would’ve been avoided if Drew accepted the $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer the Red Sox gave him. He was advised by Boras to turn it down in an effort to seek a bigger payday and was met with a bear market. Boras is now pulling out every stop necessary in an attempt to avoid looking like a fool.


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  • Bill

    Sounds good to me . . .let’s use this agent and these two guys to make an example out of these dumb qualifying offer rejections. Stephen Drew was never a $14 million dollar player and should taken that deal when he had it. Could he have expected to get more than that total, like maybe a $20M 2-year or a $27 or $28M 3-year deal? Maybe, but looking at the total market, there are not enough teams that need shortstops where that was reasonable. This market played out about the way I guessed it would for Drew, although I must admit, I thought Morales would have a better deal by now. I am confused by Baltimore opting for Cruz over Morales. My guess 4 months ago was Morales would end up in Milwaukee for a 3 year deal between 30 and 40M . . guess I must have been missing something – like he hasn’t done much since the fateful broken leg after his homer. I always thought he was a very good switch-hitter – not sure he still isn’t. Seattle is a tough place to hit and I think he would pay some team back well. (not advocating the Mets, as I have seen others do this year – they don’t need anybody else vying for 1st base playing time).

  • harmony55

    Can you cite a source when you report that Scott Boras advised Stephen Drew to turn down the qualifying offer?

  • Ken Meoni

    Well put Danny.

  • Oswald did not act alone

    If a team truly believes Drew would help them, there’s no way they wouldn’t sign him despite losing a draft pick. The Mets, for instance, have a 1st round protected pick. They would only have to surrender a 3rd round pick.

    You’re telling me Drew’s not a Met b/c the Mets don’t want to lose a 3rd round pick?

    That’s BS.

    Drew’s not signed because he is incredibly over-rated. Boras and drew put their value at $14+ million. It’s more like $3-4 million.

    Drew is a role player. He can’t stay healthy (playing only 124 reg sea games last year), he can’t hit LHP (4 straight years of declining #’s against LHP with Last year hitting a career low of .196), he was known to go through prolonged slumps (He batted .233 with a .310 OBP in the 1st half of 2013 and he finished the season with an historic 6-54, 19K post-season – and 2 of those were infield hits, one being the pop up Molina thought the Pitcher was catching).

    His above average #’s all came in 210 AB’s in the 2nd half of 2013 where he hit .276 with a .350 OBP. And to his credit he never let his defense suffer when his offense left him. Drew cost the RS more runs in the playoffs by going 0-5 in sac bunt attempts and hitting .000 with RISP. That along with his 6-54 1 BB and 19K performance.

    For the season, including playoffs, drew played 140 games and batted .233 with a .313 OBP. THAT’S WHY HE’S NOT BEEN SIGNED.

    Drew is not signed b/c GM’s aren’t buying what Boras is selling. Drew is a nice player. A good team guy. But he’s a role player. Not an elite talent.

    Plenty of teams would grab him in a heartbeat for a 3rd round pick… if he simply accepted WHO he is. The Red Sox did not believe he was worth $14.1 million either. They just knew there was no way Boras would take the QO. Think about it, Drew would be the 4th highest Red Sox, above Pedroia, Lester, Victorino, Buchholz, Uehara. That’s INSANE!

    I can’t believe such a medicare player might be the reason the system gets upended. I hope no team signs this guy now. Let him wait until June, when he signs for a pro-rated, 1 year, $3 million deal.

    Time for GM’s to get back at Boras for screwing them with terrible deals over the years.

  • cb1000

    Sandy’s playing his hand correctly here. We’re one of the team’s Drew would help, but not at that price. Boras is asking for Drew SHOULD be worth, if not for his injuries, and under performance thus far. I’m encouraged by the contract Nelson Cruz just signed.