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Red Sox sign Stephen Drew to a one-year, $10 million deal

The Red Sox signed Drew to a one-year, 10 million dollar contract today, ending the debate over whether he would be a worthwhile Mets addition this year.

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have signed Stephen Drew to a deal worth approximately 10 milion dollars over the remainder of the 2014 season. The contract essentially amounts to the same amount Drew would have received if he had accepted the qualifying offer from Boston, prorated for the quarter season he has missed. Many had speculated there could be a potential match between Drew and the Mets after the first day of the amateur draft, when a compensatory pick would no longer be tied to his signing, but that point is moot now that Drew is returning to his former team.

In 2013, Drew slashed .253/.333/.443 while playing above average defense for the Red Sox, good for 3.4 WAR (8th among all shortstops). The Mets certainly could use above average production at the position this season. So far in 2014, the Mets starting shortstop Ruben Tejada has slashed an anemic .188/.302/.222 while playing roughly replacement level defense, accruing -0.6 WAR already on the season. It's hard to imagine Drew would not have provided a significant boost to the Mets both offensively and defensively had they been able to sign him. However, it seems the team was reluctant to commit multiple years or sacrifice their third round pick in exchange for Drew's services.

The Mets do have bat-first shortstop prospect Wilmer Flores currently with the team, and it is possible that at some point they may give him significant reps at shortstop to see if he can handle the position at a Major League level. It is also possible the Mets believe one of their upcoming shortstop prospects such as defensive ace Wilfredo Tovar could fill in adequately at the position should Ruben Tejada continue to falter.

While the Mets future at shortstop is still unclear, one thing which is now clear is that at least for 2014, they will have to look to someone other than Stephen Drew to shore up the position.