Stephen Drew won't re-sign with the Boston Red Sox

The future is now for the Boston Red Sox at shortstop

11/14/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Sep 1, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) gets a low five from third baseman Xander Bogaerts (72) after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsThe Red Sox offered Stephen Drew a $14M qualifying offer, which he rejected, just like every other free agent who was given the same offer this year.

Now, it's looking a lot like Drew's contract demands will preclude him from returning to the Red Sox at all.

According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, there are several teams out there who are willing to go above and beyond anything that the Sox would be willing to pay Drew.

Drew was an outstanding defensive shortstop for the Red Sox in both the regular season and the playoffs, but hit only .111 in 54 playoff at bats.

The Red Sox believe that they already have a suitable replacement, thanks to rookie phenom Xander Bogaerts, who finished the postseason as their starting third baseman, but is a natural shortstop.

Bogaerts also plays solid defense, but is known for his incredible plate discipline and batting eye, where he almost always seems to put together a solid at-bat.

Bogaerts will almost certainly start 2014 as the team's Opening Day shortstop, and the Red Sox are confident that he'll be able to provide them with considerable value both offensively and defensively.

Bogaerts hit .296 in the postseason, and he has been one of the best prospects in baseball for a couple years now.

This should be an interesting time for the Red Sox, with a lot of youth coming up on the left side of their infield. If Bogaerts is as good as advertised, though, they won't miss a beat.
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