What started as a Scott Boras theory on behalf of a client might be gaining momentum as a legitimate option.
Could Stephen Drew, who has played exactly zero career games at second base, end up signing with a team to take over that spot in their starting lineup? The possibility was first offered by Boras in an indirect sales pitch to the Toronto Blue Jays, but now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe confirms that it might be an option for the free agent shortstop:
All of a sudden, Drew is a possibility to play second base after an entire winter in which he was strictly a shortstop. For the record, Drew has played 916 games at shortstop and one as a DH. Of course he can play second, but it’s saving face time and Drew needs a job. The Blue Jays, Mets, Yankees, and Red Sox could all still bite, or he can wait for an injury from a shortstop. It seems Drew is going to open eyes for players who turn down qualifying offers. After all, $14.1 million for one year sounds pretty good right about now.”
As far as teams that might view Drew at second base, it’s hard to find any other than the Blue Jays, but perhaps some team unknown at this point will engage Drew about that possibility.