This morning, I was watching QuickPitch on MLB Network this morning, the host Matt Yalloff mentioned that the Arizona Diamondbacks are willing to take offers from teams to for Stephen Drew in exchange for pitching help.
Yalloff went on to say that the Boston Red Sox are reportedly interested.
The Red Sox have a slew of young pitching that they're (supposedly) willing to trade.
Drew's older brother, JD Drew, plays right field for the Red Sox, and have had a carousel of shortstops since trading Nomar Garciaparra in 2004. They've gone through Edgar Renteria, Alex Gonzalez, Julio Lugo, Jed Lowrie, Nick Green, and Alex Gonzalez again.
Drew didn't have a great season in 2009, as he's hitting .258 with 12 home runs, 60 RBI, an OBP of .321, and a slugging percentage of .431 for an OPS of .752.
On paper, this looks like an easily matched trade. The D-Backs get some pitching help by way of the Red Sox prospects, and the Red Sox could (finally) end the Fenway shortstop carousel.
However, I've never been a fan of trading pitching prospects for proven hitters. Trading top pitching prospect to Cleveland for Victor Martinez at the trade deadline this season has worked out well, but I'm not willing to take that chance.
If Stephen is anything like JD, he may not do well in the intense spotlight of the Boston Media. Drew is coming off his second worst season in his four-year career, but he can rebound very well after bad seasons.
But, with the Red Sox pitching seemingly getting weaker on the pitching front, trading their future pitching isn't a wise move.
It's also a very weak pitching free agent market this offseason. If the Red Sox trade their good young pitchers, they might have trouble replacing the pitchers they lost to Arizona in the free agent market.
Still, Stephen Drew might seem like a piece to the Red Sox 2010 puzzle worth all of those potential repercussions.