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Scott Boras claims Stephen Drew market is active

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 11, 2013 04:06 PM

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Agent Scott Boras said this afternoon that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has several multi-year contracts on the table.

Drew, he predicted, would have "numerous" offers to choose from once his market takes better shape. Boras said that some of Drew's offers are contingent on the team making another move — ostensibly to clear payroll space — first.

"Obviously, there are a variety of teams that want a shortstop of his defensive acumen and capability," Boras said.

The Red Sox made Drew a qualifying offer that he rejected. So any team that signs Drew would have to forfeit its highest unprotected draft pick. That could serve to dampen Drew's market, which Boras admitted could be the case.

"I don’t think that the qualifying offer system helps major league players in the slightest," Boras said. "I think something really needs to be reviewed. The one thing you want to make sure, fans want to make sure, is that every year you have the opportunity to make the major league team better and still grow in the minor leagues. There should be no barrier."

The Red Sox, GM Ben Cherington said, are open to the idea of bringing Drew back and are monitoring where his market goes. If Drew lacks options, the Red Sox could be waiting.

Boras also said he believes two other clients — Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts — would have places in the Red Sox lineup.

“Clearly. Bradley played very well in September. He hit about .270 and his defense was great. Bogaerts really established himself in the major leagues," he said. "When you’ve got a young man that age playing in that environment, it’s a pretty remarkable achievement. I think Xander Bogaerts is going to be one of the top five players in baseball.”

Boras, by the way, refers to Bradley as "The Mayor" because of his likable personality.

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