Oct 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) throws to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game two of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Stephen Drew is ‘perfectly healthy’


When free agency began just days after the World Series concluded, Stephen Drew was among the hottest name on the market. A defensive wizard, Drew figured to cash in as many teams were in desperate need of a shortstop. Yet, months later Drew is still without a team and reports leaked suggesting there could be a medical reason behind such.

Not the case, says Rob Bradford of WEEI.com who was told that Drew is ‘perfectly healthy’:

FWIW, source with knowledge of situation says Stephen Drew perfectly healthy. No physical issues.

Drew was initially coveted by the Yankees, but a relatively iffy offensive game paired with draft compensation (considering the Boston Red Sox offered him a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer) likely scared them away.

Recent reports have linked the New York Mets to Drew, however it appears the Mets are balking at his price tag.

Regardless, it does not appear that Drew is lacking a team due to any potential health issue.

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  • Willy

    It’s really not that hard to figure out. 1. Teams dont want to relinquish a draft choice for anything short of an AllStar player (if possible). 2. Teams have suddenly decided to be more choosey as to who they spend Millions on. Drew falls under both categories for any team that may have had a need. Throw in the fact that he struggled in the playoffs, struggled against LH pitching and you have a more one dimensional player that should only be paid short money (like $5M a yr) but Boras makes his client out to be the greatest SS ever… You could even say its Boras that scares teams away as well. Just like he did to Varitek, he will screw Drew out of things, in this case money, because he’s greedy… Should have taken arbitration but he read the market wrong and over-estimated his ability to sell his client.