While the Boston Red Sox were expected to hand out qualifying offers to most of their pending free agents, infielder Stephen Drew was not likely to receive such.
But with the deadline looming and the Red Sox fearing Drew would depart in free agency, the team made a shocking decision and tendered Drew a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer:
As expected. Red Sox say they will make qualifying offers today to Napoli, Drew and Ellsbury but not to Saltalamacchia.
It’s a pretty big investment in Drew, who despite being a fine defensive shortstop leaves a lot to be desired with the stick.
The already thin market for shortstop all but suggested Drew would depart the Red Sox if he didn’t get a qualifying offer considering he could have cashed in via free agency, however, now with a team having to part with a draft pick if they’re to sign Drew as a free agent, it’s very possible he’ll return to Boston.
The New York Yankees had expressed interest in Drew, though will almost certainly not part with a draft pick to sign him.