Red Sox not expected to sign Stephen Drew

It appears less and less likely that Stephen Drew will reunite with the World Series champions.

General Manager Ben Cherington went on MLB Network Radio with Front Office and indicated that his team feels comfortable with where they are as far as position players go. He indicated the potential to adding to their starting pitching depth and could look into a bullpen piece, but did not sound optimistic on a contract with the shortstop.

He was a big part of our team and so out of respect to him, we’ve kept the dialogue going, but at this point we’re really focused on the guys we have on our roster and we don’t expect anything to happen between now and Spring Training.

The Red Sox have been one of two teams rumored to be favorites to sign Drew along with the New York Mets. Drew, who will be going into his age-31 season, is represented by Scott Boras, and made news this past week by declaring that he would want an opt-out clause after his first year for any multi-year deal signed. This reportedly put him out of favor with the Mets, and the Red Sox seem to be ready to put Xander Bogaerts at short. Drew is one of the players most hurt by turning down the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer and having draft pick compensation attached to his signing.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, New York Mets

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