Stephen Drew may actually be starting to regret turning down that $14.1 million qualifying offer.
When it was announced that the young star and former Red Sox Jose Iglesias will miss most of 2014 with stress fractures in his shins, a door seemed to open for Drew. The Tigers, who lost Jhonny Peralta in free agency, didn’t really have much to work with. On Friday, they dealt left-hander Jose Alvarez to the Angels for shortstop Andrew Romine. Drew reportedly was willing to take a one-year deal with the Tigers despite the trade and the fact that he has been looking for a multi-year deal all this time.
You can’t really blame any team for their lack of interest in Drew though. The World Series-winning shortstop put himself in this situation by turning down the Sox’s qualifying offer and failing to reach any type of agreement with them after. Because he received a qualifying offer, any team that signs him would have to give up a first-round draft pick to Boston. And despite his stellar defensive skills, his lackluster offense makes anything more than $14.1 million a year in a multi-year deal an outrageous price tag.
The Mets were interested, but having already spent big money and a draft pick on free agent Curtis Granderson, their shallow pockets made Drew too much of a risk. The Yankees were biting at first but chose to rely on the almost-40-year-old Derek Jeter and pass on Drew despite having a weak infield and farm system. And the Red Sox are content with sitting back and waiting while Will Middlebrooks and rookie phenom Xander Bogaerts man the left side of the infield.
Meanwhile, Drew’s agent Scott Boras said that they’d be willing to wait until June to find the right deal. At this point, it will probably come to that, as it seems like no team is willing to pay the price for him until they’re really desperate.