A qualifying offer for one year and $14.1 million dollars might look pretty good to Stephen Drew right about now.
The free-agent shortstop was offered a contract by the Red Sox last offseason after winning the World Series, but he and his agent Scott Boras turned it down to test the waters of the open market.
There were reports of Drew being offered three-year deals worth in the neighborhood of $40 million earlier this offseason, but Drew still remains unsigned nearly a month into the regular season.
According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Drew won't be making a return to Boston anytime soon. “[A]t no point this season have the Red Sox re-engaged in talks” with Drew, Bradford wrote.
The Red Sox, of course, have their shortstop in 21-year-old Xander Bogaerts. Though Bogaerts has experienced some growing pains defensively in his first full big-league season -- something Drew's acquisition would remedy immediately -- the Sox seem committed to seeing their shortstop of the future develop with MLB reps. Offensively, Bogaerts has come as advertised, slashing .287/.392/.391 in 102 plate appearances.
Drew hit .253 with 13 homers and put together an OPS of .777 last year for the Red Sox. Many have speculated that he will wait to sign with a team until after the June draft since at that point any team that picks him up will not have to give up a draft pick as a result.