Clock appears to be ticking for Drew signing

Clock appears to be ticking for Drew signing
February 15, 2014, 4:30 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would be willing to consider bringing back free agent shortstop Stephen Drew at any point -- given the right price and terms -- since adding a quality player should never be ruled out, regardless of timetable.
     
But on Saturday, John Farrell seemed to indicate that, at some point, the Red Sox would arrive at a "point of no return" regarding Drew. Bringing back Drew well into camp, Farrell suggested, could be disruptive.     

"I think the one thing we don't want is a lingering 'what if.'" said Farrell. "If Stephen is still out there (later in the spring), in all fairness to our guys, our clubhouse, guys who would be affected if he were to be brought in . . . I can't speak for Ben in this situation, but I think the more that we know what our team is going to look like, that probably settles some of that wondering if another player's going to join us."
     
Drew turned down the team's qualifying offer of $14.1 million last November, but has yet to sign elsewhere, in part because any team signing him would lose a draft pick because of that qualifying offer being made.
     
For now, the Sox have Xander Bogaerts working out at shortstop and intend to stay that way.
     
"I can tell you that the conversations with Xander to date have been to focus on shortstop," said Farrell. "If that needs to be adjusted, we'll address it at that time. But we're moving forward with the players that are here and that's probably the short answer I could give you."