In response to javaukti1's comment:
In response to kimsaysthis' comment:
We don't win the WS without Drew. His defense was a big part of that along with his tag-team spectacular double plays working so well with Pedroia. I'll never understand why people underestimate the value of a veteran SS who can not only catch the ball, but knows what to do with it when he gets it. His value as insurance at that position is worth the money even if that is the case.
Let's not forget we were paying someone $9 million a year in AAA to possibly play that position with no MLB experience at all. We don't know how Bogaerts will pan out, and it will be a gamble if we don't have another option.
Having said that, the $9 million was worth it to have him help us win on another team. Just sayin'. That could've been us.
Drew now is kinda like the situation when Dempster was signed last year: we need him for depth for one year but may have to give two to sign him.
Not really. Dempster wasn't our own FA last year and wasn't tied to draft pick compensation. He also was signed to take a rotation spot....Drew is not needed to be a starter.