Boras: Drew has ‘numerous options’


December 11, 2013, 4:15 pm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Throughout the game, there’s a sense that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew doesn’t have much of a market.       But that’s not the opinion of his agent, Scott Boras.       Boras, as he does each year at the winter meetings, drew a huge crowd of reporters Wednesday afternoon and answered questions on all manner of topics, including Drew.       Boras was asked if the market for Drew was rough because of the qualifying offer made by the Red Sox, attaching draft pick compensation to his client.       “No, that’s not in question,” said Boras with a chuckle.       The agent revealed Drew has “numerous options” including some multi-year offers.       “Some of the offers and positions teams are taking are somewhat contingent on another move,” said Boras, “and so, to have a full slate of what’s available to him is not yet something that is ripe.”       The Red Sox continue to have an interest in bringing Drew back, though with Xander Bogaerts, Deven Marrero and Garin Cechchini, the Red Sox have a number of prospects on the left side of the infield and don’t want to block their development with a long-term deal for Drew.       Last year, Drew hit .253/.333/443 with 13 homers and 67 RBI with the Red Sox. He had a massive slump in the post-season, but continued to play above-average defense at short throughout October.       ”Certainly, I think everyone agrees it worked out well for everybody,” Boras said of Drew’s experience in Boston. “They’re certainly a candidate for him. Obviously there are a variety of teams that want a shortstop with his defensive acumen and capabilities. (Returning to Boston is) not a decision Stephen’s made yet, because we have to look at the totality of what’s available to him.”


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