posted at 9/14/2013 10:21 AM EDT
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
Drew's not getting a QO - that would be what? $14 million?
Having said that, this is one Drew I like having on my team.
Drew is likely getting a QO, and if he accepts he's an easy trade.
here's what Alex Speier had to say about Drew:
"From the Red Sox' vantage point, Drew may border on no-brainer status when it comes to the qualifying offer. The 30-year-old has put up what appear to be modest numbers (a .244 average, .326 OBP and .426 slugging mark with 12 homers) this season, but those are formidable totals when considering that the AL average shortstop has hit .255/.308/.372 this year. Add in the fact that Drew has been, in the eyes of the Sox, an excellent defender in the middle of the field, and you have a player who has made good on the one-year, $9.5 million contract that the Sox conferred upon him.
Would he accept? After all, the qualifying offer would represent a roughly 50 percent bump in salary from what Drew made last year, when there was uncertainty about his performance given that he was in the early stages of his return from a devastating ankle injury.
That said, given that he is now healthy, that he has now answered those questions about his health and that he will still be relatively young for a free agent (getting ready for his age 31 season), Drew's inclination would seem to be to seek a longer-term deal.
"It's going to change, definitely," Drew said of his interest in a one-year deal this winter as compared to last. "I understood the one-year deal coming off of that injury, teams not knowing how I would respond. The good thing is, going out and playing everyday, I haven't had any problems with that ankle at all, it's a good feeling. I worked very hard to get back to where I was at. It could have been a career-ending injury."
He might not see a $14 million-a-year deal on the open market. But there is a chance that he could find a two- or three-year deal somewhere else.
Drew is aware of the potential fragility of a career thanks to that shattered ankle that kept him out for a year. Given that Jhonny Peralta, the only other shortstop to be in Drew's performance class in this winter's free agent class, was suspended as part of the Biogenesis scandal, Drew would appear well situated relative to the market to secure a multi-year deal.
But for the sake of argument, what if he did accept? At a time when Xander Bogaerts appears close to big league ready -- if not fully there -- would the Red Sox be comfortable bringing him back on a one-year deal for roughly $14 million?
In all likelihood, yes. One of the most important developments of this year for the Sox was that they signed Drew to give themselves depth on the left side of the infield. That gave Jose Iglesias more time to develop in the minors, where he developed the versatility to come up and be a third baseman when Will Middlebrooks struggled. And it later positioned the Sox to deal Iglesias for Jake Peavy. "