Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who held out well into the season with the hope that he would get a lucrative contract offer, has re-signed with the Red Sox. The deal is worth $10 million and goes through the remainder of the 2014 season.
Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstopStephen Drew
hits a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
According to Ken Rosenthal, Drew will be at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, presumably to undergo a physical.
Drew, 31, was linked to the Mets, Yankees, Tigers, and others during the offseason, but wound up right back where he was in 2013.
His agent, Scott Boras, claimed prior to the season that Drew had a three-year deal worth $45 million on the table, but no one believed that claim.
Since he waited this late to sign, the Red Sox will not be able to make Drew a qualifying offer after the year, meaning he’ll be a free agent who isn’t attached to draft pick compensation.
Aside from the Mets, the Pirates and Tigers are in dire need of shortstop upgrades, but none of the three ponied up for Stephen Drew.
As far as the Mets are concerned, it seemed during the offseason that the Mets and Drew may be able to find a match with one another, but it never came to fruition.
According to reports, the Mets were willing to give Drew a one-year deal worth upwards of $10 million and perhaps two years. Instead, he held out and returned to Boston.
However, the Mets have so far left shortstop entirely unsolved.