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07:35 AM ET 12.25 | Nearly a year later, Stephen Drew waits. The Red Sox announced the signing of [Drew] on Dec. 26, 2012. The one-year, $9.5 million deal was seen as a bit of a surprise given the presence of Jose Iglesias in the organization. Drew also had missed much of the previous two season recovering from a gruesome ankle injury. But it proved to be one of the many prescient moves made by general manager Ben Cherington. ... [Scott Boras] could draw the process out into the middle of January. It would be foolish to underestimate his ability to find a team. Boras is one of the best at what he does and he only needs one team to believe. But as days pass, the odds of Drew returning to the Red Sox increase. The qualifying offer system does not serve second-tier free agents well and Drew has been a victim.

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December 25, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Did They Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse, Bro?





Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Nobody wants to give up a player for this guy! !!

December 25, 2013  10:55 AM ET

It only takes one team to step up.

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December 26, 2013  04:57 PM ET

If a player (like Drew) doesn't accept the qualifying offer (14 Mil), can the club now negotiate any deal they want, and is the 14 Mil offer now off the table?

Also, you would think Drew, if he does come back to Boston, wouldn't be too pleased that no other club expressed and interest, and that he might hold it against Boston for having any other team who signed him give up a draft pick, which is probably one reason why no other team has expressed interest. I wasn't crazy about Drew's inconsistent bat, as he would go through long bouts of no contact at all, but I liked his fielding, and when he got hot, he seemed to be able to hit. Problem was he didn't get 'hot" that often.

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December 27, 2013  02:43 PM ET

Trade Peavey or Dempster in a heartbeat (though they should get something mighty good before including Middlebrooks IMO). Trading Lackey at this juncture would be downright nuts. After suffering through years of an underachieving Lackey, he proved last year that he is back to his old self after TJ surgery. His velocity is a consistent 92/93 until he's (grudgingly, of course) removed from a game and he is a solid proven post-season performer who has no problem rising to the occasion. Add in the 500k option for next year and only a lunatic would trade this guy now (for less than Stanton or some other crazy return)...

December 27, 2013  02:47 PM ET

My understanding is that once a qualifying offer is rejected, that offer is now defunct. So, if Drew doesn't sign elsewhere the Sox are free to offer him whatever they want (for example, 7mil for a year or 14mil for two). Reducing the offer so precipitously could obviously cause problems for the player's relationship with the organization, but that's a different matter to consider. If the best offer comes from the Sox, even if it's way down from the 14+ mil/year qualifying offer previously tendered, Drew will have quite the decision to make...

 
December 28, 2013  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If a player (like Drew) doesn't accept the qualifying offer (14 Mil), can the club now negotiate any deal they want, and is the 14 Mil offer now off the table?Also, you would think Drew, if he does come back to Boston, wouldn't be too pleased that no other club expressed and interest, and that he might hold it against Boston for having any other team who signed him give up a draft pick, which is probably one reason why no other team has expressed interest. I wasn't crazy about Drew's inconsistent bat, as he would go through long bouts of no contact at all, but I liked his fielding, and when he got hot, he seemed to be able to hit. Problem was he didn't get 'hot" that often.

Well he was slowed by injuries, but he finished the season in top six for starting ss's in the majors on on base percentage and OPS, so he wasn't that bad at all.

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