CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have signed Stephen Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.
He'll have a chance to make it an even $10 million if he hits his incentives. The Red Sox had publicly expressed confidence in Jose Iglesias as their starter at shortstop, but obviously they weren't prepared to commit to the all-glove, no-hit youngster. Drew will serve as a one-year stopgap before top prospect Xander Bogaerts is ready to take over. A one-year deal was probably the best course to take this winter for Drew, who will try to rebuild his value before hitting free agency again next offseason. He's a pretty decent rebound candidate.
Stephen Drew is a placeholder in every sense of the word. He doesn't do anything except exist. One can't even wave the OPS flag with him in the lineup. Aside from succeeding as being a warm body, I don't know where $9.5 million is deserved aside from just having to spend money somewhere. Just another guy, nothing more or less. At least it was only one year.