|Stephen Drew believes his defense improved after his long rehab from an ankle injury.|
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“I think after this year, I think everyone is going to think a lot different about what type of player Stephen is and the impact he can have on a division-contending team.”
Boras said Drew has more power in his swing and has become a better defender after the long rehab work on his ankle. He also believes playing with Dustin Pedroia at second base will be a benefit.
“It was a very attractive opportunity,” said Boras. “Putting two players of that talent level together up the middle on the field, I just think this is going to help the team offensively, defensively, and it’s really going to illustrate the talents of both these players.
“I think both are going to play at premiums this year.”
Said Drew, “I think I’m a good fit in Boston. It’s going to be fun playing with Pedroia.
“I’ve played against him, but to actually get to play with a good second baseman is going to a really good opportunity for me.”
Drew said his ankle is “tremendous” and that he’s having a normal offseason. After the tumult of the last two seasons, he’s ready to move on.
That he’s coming to Boston is much more related to the opportunity than any connection to his brother.
“At the end of the day, me and J.D., I’m a different person than J.D. and J.D. is different than me,” said Drew, who can only hope the fans see it the same way.