There was a time, probably not all that long ago where a $14.1 million dollar contract for one year of service would have been a dream for infielder Stephen Drew, but not now.
After increasing his price with solid postseason play, Drew is set to cash in and today declined the Boston Red Sox‘s qualifying offer, along with Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli who declined their offers earlier in the day.
As expected, Ellsbury and Drew will allow 5 pm deadline pass without accepting qualifying offers, baseball source says
Drew is hopeful to get a multi-year contract to give himself financial stability, which he’ll likely find on the open market considering the lack of quality shortstops around the league. It’s simply a case of supply and demand in regard to Drew, who very well could return to Boston despite not accepting the qualifying offer.
A handful of other teams like the New York Yankees have expressed interest in Drew, but likely couldn’t provide the playing time nor would they pony up the cash in addition to giving up a draft pick.
Of all players declining their qualifying offers on Monday, Drew seems like one of the more likely to return to his current team.