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Athletics rumors: Stephen Drew could return in 2013

Stephen Drew could be back with the A's in 2013.

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While shortstop Stephen Drew could be back with the Oakland Athletics next season, most around the team believe the $10 million 2013 salary that would be owed to the 29-year-old if his mutual option is exercised would be "too pricey," reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

No one with the A's is discounting the possibility of bringing Drew back next season, but most believe the $10 million would be too pricey for the club. The buyout is $1.35 million.

Since the A’s acquired Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 20, the shortstop has hit .269/.331/.400 with nine extra-base hits over 130 at-bats. These numbers are significant improvement over the .193/.290/.311 he hit over his first 135 at-bats of the season.

While the A’s are not expected to exercise the $10 million option, Drew may also prefer to test the free agent market so he can sign a multi-year deal. Slusser notes that there are "plenty" of people around the game who would consider this to be a wise move considering his strong defense, reliable offensive contributions and decent power for a shortstop.