Maybe the Sox will pay me a few million to sit on the bench.
Sorry for the snark, but I think part of Stephen's problem is his brother, JD.
JD was a Boras client who was supposedly going to supply #5 hitting power, and he never came close. But he did get paid like a #5 hitter. He was the opposite of a dirt dog -- he refused to play if he was hurt in any way. In one extra innings game Terry Francona yelled at him to get on the field because there was no one left. Meanwhile, he was a fairly reliable out -- grounder-to-second kind of thing. Or he could kill the energy in a rally by waiting out the pitcher for a walk.
I don't mean to bring up the old JD thing, but I do feel some resentment when I think about the fact that the Sox have overpaid for Stephen this time around. I think I'd feel differently about Stephen if JD had never been here.
That said, I still think it was a mistake to sign Stephen. Now we've got a platoon situation gong on at short while Bogey idles at third.
And because we're now paying Stephen so much money, I don't expect that will change.