Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox want free agent Stephen Drew to return

The Boston Red Sox are trying to keep some of their World Series pieces in tact even though they may let Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk away.

During the regular season, infielder Stephen Drew slugged a third career high 13 home runs with 67 RBI’s which tied his career high at that category. He hit .253/.333/.443 across the line and fielded .984 while playing over 120 games at shortstop.

When the post-season came around, his offensive numbers went down but he was still a key part of this team when it came to his defensive play. Despite his poor offensive numbers in the post-season (one home run, four RBI’s), the Boston Red Sox want the 30 year old veteran shortstop to return to the organization in hopes of another championship run.

“I can’t sit here today and say that he’s going to be back here. Personally, I’m hopeful he’s back. It buys us some time, whether [Xander Bogaerts] is the guy going forward next year at shortstop or if he’s at third base.” Red Sox manager John Farrell told WEEI.com.

The Red Sox gave Drew a one year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer which should be declined by the shortstop in hopes of receiving a multi-year contract.

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