Perhaps it’s merely posturing, what with only 25 days left before pitchers and catchers must report to Fort Myers, but the Red Sox sound like they’re ready to move on without Stephen Drew. Before appearing last night at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music roundtable charity event at Fenway Park, general manager Ben Cherington said the Sox “feel good about where we are right now” without Drew on the roster. He declined to offer specifics on discussions with agent Scott Boras except to say, “I think the time that’s being spent on it talking about it publicly is not necessarily consistent with the time we’re spending on it.” In other words, the Sox are no closer to re-signing Drew than they were in November, when the shortstop declined their one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer. “We feel like we’re in good shape to start the season tomorrow if we had to,” Cherington said. “There’s a circumstance for the Red Sox in that we have players that we believe in and bigger-picture things that we want to do, and some of that has nothing to do with Stephen Drew. “Stephen did a great job for us last year. We respect him, and because of that, we’ve kept a dialogue going. But there’s nothing to be gleaned from that other than we’ve kept a dialogue going. We’re comfortable where we are. I don’t ever want to rule anything out because it doesn’t make any sense to do that, but we like the roster we have now.” If the Red Sox don’t re-sign Drew, they’re prepared to go forward with touted rookie Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Will Middlebrooks at third base. Any other team that signs Drew will have to forfeit a draft pick as compensation, which appears to have minimized his market. The New York Mets have been linked to Drew, although they reportedly are reluctant to offer more than a one- or two-year deal. Boras might be hoping the Yankees get involved if they determine Derek Jeter is unable to play shortstop full-time after missing most of last season while recovering from a broken ankle. For most of the offseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell has been candid about his desire to re-sign Drew. His tone seemed to change slightly last night.
Sox not sold on Stephen Drew
Boston Herald | Jan 22