Forecast calls for rampant speculation
The offseason is a time of rampant speculation and reports on where free agents may sign, who might get dealt, agent-speak, media leaks and Twitter takes on three-way trade rumors and more. And the hot stove games have already begun.
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman – known to have close ties with agent Scott Boras – reported early on that Stephen Drew would indeed decline the Red Sox’ $14.1 million qualifying offer and "is aiming much higher than that." Boras would not address the qualifying offer issue for his client on record, but stated that "Drew is in the top five offensively and defensively at his position. You can't find a guy with that package."
But don't believe everything you read, because GMs, team officials, and agents play the media game to try and angle perception and leverage against each other via the daily reports.