Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports has reported that the Red Sox have signed shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year deal.
Sources: #RedSox sign Drew.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 20, 2014
The 31-year-old free-agent shortstop turned down a one-year, $14 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox after the 2013 season. Drew’s agent Scott Boras had predicted that Drew would sign a multi-year deal with another team, but Drew had been waiting in the wings as a holdout — working out in Miami and Georgia — until today. The Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that Drew will be on the Red Sox active roster on Wednesday.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal for Drew is pro-rated at the $14 million qualifying figure and is estimated to be worth $10 million. The deal is pending a physical.
Stephen drew signs back with red. Sox. Believed he’s getting pro-rated portion og $14M qualifying fugure, so estimated $10M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 20, 2014
It was anticipated that teams would wait until the amateur draft — taking place from June 5-7 — before making an offer on Drew as he could then be signed without the penalty of having to surrender a pick.
It appears that if Drew becomes the Red Sox starting shortstop that Xander Bogaerts would move over to third base. Current third baseman Will Middlebrooks has struggled at the plate this season and is currently on the disabled list with a broken ring finger.
Drew batted.253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs in Boston last season while playing stellar defense at shortstop. In the postseason, Drew batted .111, going 6-for-54.
As Adam Kaufman pointed out today, Drew displayed a .284/.377/.498 slash line with nine home runs and 48 RBI against righthanded pitchers last year. This season, the Red Sox have struggled mightily versus righties with a .240/.321/.365 slash line. That’s 21st in the majors in average, 12th in on-base percentage, and 23rd in slugging. Bogaerts (.243/.333/.340) and Middlebrooks (.143/.276/.286), both righties, have been of very little assistance in that area.
Drew finished with the second-best fielding percentage among shortstops in the AL last year at .984. Bogaerts currently ranks fifth in the league with a .974 success rate and leads the Sox in errors with four.