Stephen Drew rumors: Red Sox have all the leverage in negotiations

Elsa

The latest on Scott Boras' shortstop.

The Boston Red Sox feel they have all the leverage in contract negotiations with free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew and may soon offer a one-year, take-it-or-leave-it deal, Boston.com's Peter Abraham reports.

With young infielders Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks on the roster, in addition to the re-signing of first baseman Mike Napoli, Boston has the power here. While bringing back Drew would likely help the team, they don't necessarily need him, which would allow them to offer the type of contract Abraham speculated on in his report.

Another thing helping out the defending champions here is how soft the market for Drew has been up to this point. Earlier this month ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that agent Scott Boras attempted to engage the New York Mets in talks for the shortstop, however, it has since been reported by The New York Post's Kevin Kernan that Mets GM Sandy Alderson would only be interested in bringing in Drew on a one or two-year contract.

While there were rumblings earlier this offseason about the Minnesota Twins having interest in Drew, 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson reported that a source told him that he does not see Minnesota being a player for the free-agent shortstop.

Drew hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs, 29 doubles, 67 RBI, 6 stolen bases and 124 strikeouts in 442 regular season at-bats with the Red Sox in 2013. The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported earlier this offseason that industry sources predicted Drew would wind up with a three-year contract at about $12 million per year, although that appears less and less likely now.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker