Exactly, Southpaw...I've heard the same thing. Bob Melvin raves about his defense as well. Maybe people just don't realize that he was an all-star caliber SS before the injury because he played in AZ. It seems people think this guy is another "Aviles or Scutaro" type player. He averaged 65 extra base a year with an .800 OPS, but the stat manipulators will cite his recent stats before he was fully healthy as "who he is as a player."
Drew hurt his ankle in July of 2011. His career OPS at that time was not .800, it was .773. Those stats were highly influenced by 2 big early years: 2006 (.874) and 2008 (.836). In the 3 years after his monster 2008 season, Drew was "healthy".
Here's what he did the last 3 years when healthy:
Total: .765 (.265 32 171 in 1582 PAs with 112 2B+3B)
(BTW, Scutaro's OPS during that same time was .761.)
Per 630 PAs ~ .266 13 69 (45 2B + 3B)
Those are very good numbers for a SS in MLB, no doubt, but they are not . I have never said Drew is not a better offensive player than Iggy. I expect better offense from Drew than his 2012 numbers, but I am not expecting career highs or much better than his 3 years up to the ankle break.