Stephen Drew's 2013 should make for a rather lucrative offseason.
Ever since being selected 15th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004, critics expected Stephen Drew to lead the next generation of great shortstops. And after hitting 21 home runs in 2008, Drew’s lofty expectations seemed justified.
But Drew didn’t build much on his 2008 season, collecting just a park-adjusted 102 OPS+ (versus a 110 OPS+ in 2010) with 27 home runs over his next two seasons combined. And Drew’s knack for injuries only piled up in 2011 and 2012, which forced him to miss 76 and 83 games, respectively.
In his first taste of free agency this past offseason, few teams expressed interest in Drew’s services. The shortstop had compiled a mere .223 batting average, 81 OPS+ and seven home runs over 327 plate appearances in 2012, after all.
In need of a veteran shortstop, the Boston Red Sox signed Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. While the price tag seemed like an overpay, the shortstop enjoyed a nice comeback season. Drew posted a 111 OPS+ with 13 home runs and gloved a 6.7 UZR/150.
Since the Red Sox have top shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts eager and willing, Drew will likely play elsewhere in 2014. Unlike this past offseason, however, Drew should encounter more suitors.
ESPN’s Mark Simon seems to think that Drew would make a “formidable acquisition” for the New York Mets.