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07:15 AM ET 12.27 | Consider the possibility that Scott Boras client Stephen Drew remains unsigned in a few weeks. What a hammer the Red Sox have. They don't necessarily need Drew but still could make good use of him. They can offer him a one-year deal, take it or leave it. If he balks, they'll take the draft pick when he finally signs with another team. The only way the Red Sox lose is if Drew waits until after the draft to sign, and that is unlikely. ... For the moment, the Red Sox look like the favorites with Drew. But don't underestimate the value of that draft pick. Talented young players are the greatest commodity in baseball and adding talent to an already deep farm system could trump the idea of retaining Drew for a year or two. The Red Sox also have to be curious to find out whether Xander Bogaerts can play shortstop.

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December 27, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Sort of stating the obvious, they'll take him back on their terms or take a draft pick, happy either way.

December 27, 2013  08:11 AM ET

What I seem out of Bogaerts in the WS I can understand why the Sox are reluctant in signing Drew long term.

December 27, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Sort of stating the obvious, they'll take him back on their terms or take a draft pick, happy either way.

^^^
THIS

December 27, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Win / Win, I like it!

December 27, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Drew is a good player and might be overpriced, but the additional cost of a draft pick, pretty much takes him off the board!

December 27, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What I seem out of Bogaerts in the WS I can understand why the Sox are reluctant in signing Drew long term.

I doubt Drew wants to sign up to be Bogart's training wheels but he may not have much of a choice.

December 27, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I doubt Drew wants to sign up to be Bogart's training wheels but he may not have much of a choice.

Drew's options are quite limited. I love his defensive skills, but Bora$ seriously overestimated the market for a defensive SS with average offense. Not saying he sucks offensively, but as we saw in the postseason, he is quite prone to slumps. but defensively he was amazing at times.

December 27, 2013  09:48 AM ET

Sad news. Paul Blair has passed away. He was 69. I didn't see Willie Mays in his prime so Blair is probably the best defensive centerfielder I've ever seen.

December 27, 2013  09:48 AM ET

This is a sign and trade deal, Drew just isn't worth a draft pick. Maybe Seattle can pare him up with Cano? I can see Boras and JZ at the party together.

December 27, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Drew's options are quite limited. I love his defensive skills, but Bora$ seriously overestimated the market for a defensive SS with average offense. Not saying he sucks offensively, but as we saw in the postseason, he is quite prone to slumps. but defensively he was amazing at times.

Drew is a classic middle of the road hitter. He hits weak pitching and struggles against good pitchers. So he'll hit .260 with some power in the regular season but in the playoffs when you don't see many weak pitchers, he disappears. I agree with you about his glove.

December 27, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Sad news. Paul Blair has passed away. He was 69. I didn't see Willie Mays in his prime so Blair is probably the best defensive centerfielder I've ever seen.

Sad indeed. RIP Paul Blair.

December 27, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Drew is a classic middle of the road hitter. He hits weak pitching and struggles against good pitchers. So he'll hit .260 with some power in the regular season but in the playoffs when you don't see many weak pitchers, he disappears. I agree with you about his glove.

picture, thousand words, etc. etc.

December 27, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

picture, thousand words, etc. etc.

That's a slick play!

December 27, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

picture, thousand words, etc. etc.

Glovie, glovie, glove
<flips quarter to The Beatles>

December 27, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Glovie, glovie, glove<flips quarter to The Beatles>

BLUE MEANIEEEESSS!!!

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December 27, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

What's Derek Jeter doing in that uniform?

5-10 years ago, I would agree
These are more representative of Jeter recently

December 27, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

BLUE MEANIEEEESSS!!!

I was trying to determine an appropriate drug reference to what John, Paul, George and Ringo were on when conceptualizing Yellow Submarine
All I have is "All of them"

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December 27, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Yeah that was my little range joke.

It actually saddens me, Jeter was enjoyable at SS to watch, from a fan of the game perspective. As a fan of evil-empire-light, it delights me like the cops showing up on Christmas morning looking for my neighbor's illegal immigrant baby daddy.

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