Monday, January 13, 2014

The Outlandish Confidence of Scott Boras

We're just about a month away from Spring training, and World Champion shortstop Stephen Drew is still without a home for the 2014 season. Superagent (and possible devil incarnate) Scott Boras is still confident about Drew's prospects, claiming he's spoken to four or five teams about contract possibilities.

Of course, one of those teams is the Red Sox - after extending Drew a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, the Sox have been standing firm. They don't think Drew is a multi-year investment at this point in his career. His defense is solid, but that value is somewhat tempered by how easily his bat was silenced during the playoffs.

I don't know which teams need a soon-to-be 31-year-old shortstop for multiple years, but if (as I suspect) Boras is bluffing about the level of interest from other teams, the Red Sox clearly hold all the cards.

If they can get Drew back for a single year, it would be a great way to ease Xander Bogaerts into the full time starting role. If Drew signs elsewhere, the Red Sox seem pretty comfortable with giving Bogaerts the starting job outright, and they get a draft pick.

Personally, as a proud member of the #DrewCrew, I'd like to see Drew back - but I won't shed any tears for him if that doesn't happen.

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