I find it interesting how little talk there has been about Stephen Drew or the SS position in general. Are we going to go into this season with Iglesias and Ciriaco as our 2 SS options? And isn't Drew an intriguing option?
There are 4 things I am feeling the team is doing this off season. First, they seem focused on trying to win next year. Second, to use free agency to improve the team. Especially offensively. Thirdly, to make sure they have depth. And finally, to add players on short contracts. If the rumors are true, these 4 things all seem true. Wouldn't Stephen Drew fit all four strategies?
Stephen Drew is just 29 years of age. He had put up 4 good seasons in a row until he hurt his foot in the middle of 2011. He was a solid offensive and defensive SS.
This past year, he missed the start of the year because of that foot injury. He started very slowly. But the last two months he put up about a 730 OPS the last two months. Playing mostly in Oakland, a tough place to hit. Was he some huge problem for the A's in their playoff run?
I have more concerns what that foot injury did to his defense. However, I think I would offer him a 7-8 million dollar 1 year make good coontract. And if I was Drew, I would prefer that kind of contract in Fenway, then in Oakland.
We have no safety net if Iglesias fails. We have money to spend in 2013. This seems like an excellent way to spend it. He was a quality SS who is 29 and improved as the season went on.
Are the Red Sox really going to go into a season trying to win, with their main SS a 22 year old coming off a .391 OPS while we have money to spend? Really? I don't believe it. Unless the Red Sox believe Bogaerts is a SS and will be ready in two months[both possibilities in my mind btw] I expect the Red Sox to sign Stephen Drew.