Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) throws to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Drew Still In Limbo, Scott Boras Still Complaining

Stephen Drew remains at agent Scott Boras’ complex in Florida, working out in preparation for the season while awaiting a large contract offer that likely won’t come. Meanwhile, Boras continues to blame Drew’s current unemployment on the draft pick compensation system:

These rules are preventing fans from having the best players on their teams, teams that will be vying for the playoffs. The system has to be changed. Talent runs this industry. Talent to an owner is like a bar of soap. Without it, you’re not going to smell good. This system stinks.

Thoughts:

While the draft pick compensation issue isn’t helping Drew, it also isn’t something that’s preventing him from getting a deal.

According to reports, multiple contract offers have been made to Drew, but they’re offers that both he and Boras find unacceptable – both in terms of average annual value and length.

As a shortstop with plus pop who plays above average defense, Stephen Drew is a valuable commodity. However, it appears that both he and Boras are being a bit delusional when it comes to what he’s worth. Again, the draft pick compensation is a hindrance, not a raised drawbridge.

Let’s put it this way: if Mike Trout or Giancarlo Stanton or Justin Verlander were free agents with draft pick compensation attached, I don’t think it would depress their markets.

Scott Boras has intimated recently that Drew may wait until after the June amateur draft to sign. If he does, any team who signs him would not be forced to forfeit a draft pick. However, if Drew waits until June, he’ll likely have to settle for an average annual value that’s reduced (due to the fact that he wouldn’t be playing a full season).

As Drew continues to wait, spring training carries on without him.

The Mets are reportedly willing to sign Drew to a two year deal worth roughly $20 million total, but Scott Boras has so fer held out for a contract that would be worth at least $14.1 million annually – the qualifying offer amount Drew turned down after the season.

At this point, it will be stunning if anyone offers Drew anything close to $14.1 million. Stranger things have happened, but it’ll most likely be Drew’s camp that’s forced to blink first. When that happens is anyone’s guess.

 

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