Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) throws to first base but cannot complete a double play against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Rival executive feels Stephen Drew will return to Red Sox

When free agency broke, shortstop Stephen Drew was hoping he’d be able to cash in on his productive 2013 postseason.

Many teams were in need of a middle infielder and Drew seemed to fit the bill, however, after being given a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer by the Red Sox and having an iffy offensive history, teams were reluctant to pay Drew his asking price in addition to forfeiting a draft pick, thanks to the QO.

It was an understandable stance and now with the vast majority of those previously interested teams filling their shortstop hole, Drew’s options have become more limited by the day. Granted, there are still some teams displaying interest in Drew, but a return to the Red Sox seems like the most likely scenario as even a rival executive who was attempting to sign the shortstop believes Drew will return to Boston:

One exec with team thought to be possibly linked with Drew still thinks SS lands back with Red Sox

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