Like Kendrys Morales, Stephen Drew is a Scott Boras client.
Boras negotiated a $9.5 million contract between Drew and the Boston Red Sox last winter when the shortstop was coming off an unproductive, injury-shortened season. He'll surely be able to do better this time around.
The question is how much better.
Which team will willingly commit long term to a player who has only eclipsed 600 plate appearances once in the past five seasons? Moreover, Drew's strikeout rate has soared since leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks in August 2012, and he doesn't affect games on the basepaths. On top of all that, the Red Sox extended a qualifying offer to tie him to a compensatory draft pick.
From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
Few competitive teams still desire a starting shortstop. Even the New York Mets, who have money to spend, won't ink Drew unless he lowers his asking price, tweets Newsday's David Lennon.
The excess of shortstops on several teams further weakens his market.
Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi hear that the Cleveland Indians will consider trade proposals for Asdrubal Cabrera. Although his 2013 campaign didn't measure up to Drew's, Cabrera is nearly three years younger and owed only $10 million next summer before reaching free agency.
In their quest for a front-line starting pitcher, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wonders if the Arizona Diamondbacks could part with one of their middle infielders. Didi Gregorius can be team-controlled through 2018, while Chris Owings is retainable through the end of the decade.
Boras may have overestimated how many shortstop suitors would cast their fishing rods into the free-agent pool. The bigger issue is that they're all reluctant to use high-quality bait.
Ely is a national MLB Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a sportscaster for 90.5 WVUM in Miami. He wants to make sweet, social love with all of you on Twitter.