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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox have not given out the No. 7 Stephen Drew wore last season. His locker at JetBlue Park remains open, too. All it needs is a nameplate and a fresh set of uniforms.
Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Saturday and the first full-squad workout will be Thursday. It would be hyperbole to label Drew’s absence a distraction at this point, but there is a clear sense of unfinished business.
Drew has been a free agent for a little more than four months since rejecting a one-year, $14.1 million offer from the Red Sox in mid-November. That qualifying offer attached draft-pick compensation to Drew and has so far limited his appeal on the open market.