Gammons: Drew likely to turn down qualifying offer

Gammons: Drew likely to turn down qualifying offer
November 8, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Shortstop Stephen Drew is unlikely to accept the Red Sox's one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million, according to veteran baseball writer Peter Gammons.

Gammons, of GammonsDaily.com, quoting a major league general manager, tweeted that Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has scheduled numerous meetings with teams at the general managers meetings beginning on Monday in Orlando, Fla., which indicates Drew wouldn't take the one-year deal. suggesting the shortstop has no plans to accept the Red Sox’ one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million.

Free agents have until Monday to accept qualifying offers. Should Drew reject the offer, the Red Sox would be the only team that could sign Drew without giving up a draft pick. There's a possibility Drew might re-sign a multi-year deal with the Red Sox, who had been grooming rookie Xander Bogaerts to take over at shortstop but used Bogaerts at third base in the postseason. Red Sox manager John Farrell is a big fan of Drew's defense.

CBSSports.com reported that the Dodgers and Cardinals would be good fits for Drew, 30, who hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBI for the Red Sox, after signing a one-year, $9.5 million deal. Drew struggled in the postseason before hitting a home run in Red Sox's World Series-clinching Game 6 victory over St. Louis.