Hardy: Farrell likely pushing for Drew's return

Hardy: Farrell likely pushing for Drew's return
December 21, 2013, 6:30 am
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Stephen Drew is still available on the free agent market and it's a mystery to hear why. 

"Apparently, out of nowhere, there are teams concerned about [Drew's] medicals," says Lou Merloni. 

Drew endured a brutal slump at the plate throughout the postseason but shined defensively and didn't seem to show any indication of injury. 

Many teams were already weary of Drew because of the draft pick associated with him, thanks to the qualifying offer he received from the Red Sox. 

In order for a team to justify the first round draft pick they'd have to give up in order to sign Drew, they would likely need to sign him to a three-year deal and there don't seem to be many suitors willing to offer that kind of deal. 

The Red Sox meanwhile, could still benefit from bringing Drew back into the fold.

"From Day 1 I though he was coming back," says Merloni. 

The move would allow Xander Bogaerts to remain at third base, where he shifted to last year, displacing Will Middlebrooks. In Drew, the Red Sox would have a reliable veteran presence to serve as a stop-gap until their young prospects are ready to take over full-time. 

"What there is no mystery about is that John Farrell loves himself some Stephen Drew," says Rob "Hardy" Poole of 98.5 The Sports Hub. "If he's got any kind of say with Ben Cherington and that front office right now, Stephen Drew's coming back."