After Stephen Drew signed a one-year deal and helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Series last year, the team offered him another one-year contract this offseason. Drew turned it down, however, hoping to sign a long-term contract with someone.
Drew was unable to find that long-term deal he wanted, though, and so he agreed to rejoin the Red Sox a few weeks ago. Since then he’s been playing down in the minors to get back into the swing of things after not playing games since last October.
It seems he is ready to make his big league return, however, and so the Red Sox will call him up to join the team in Cleveland as they get ready to play the Indians.
Stephen Drew will soon make his 2014 debut as the Red Sox have recalled him from Triple-A Pawtucket. Drew, who signed a prorated one-year, $14.1 million deal with the Sox on May 20, entered Sunday with a hit and a walk in 11 minor league plate appearances and went 1-for-3 today. He will take over at shortstop with Xander Bogaerts sliding over to third base. The Red Sox open up a three-game road series against the Indians on Monday.
With numerous injuries in their infield, including to Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli, there’s a big need for Drew and the stability he will bring. Though he isn’t the greatest hitter, Drew is one of the best fielding shortstops around, and will be a great addition to the infield.