John Farrell: Stephen Drew ‘A Darn Good Player’ Welcome Back In Boston

Stephen DrewBoston Red Sox manager John Farrell has made it clear that he’d welcome back shortstop Stephen Drew with open arms.

Farrell said Wednesday on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” that he’s preparing for life without Drew, who remains a free agent, but he’s open to switching things up if Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and Co. agree to a deal with the veteran shortstop.

“If [Drew] were to come back, that kind of adjusts where our plans are today,” Farrell said. “But the thing that really stood out to us last year — and probably one of the main reasons we ended up being champions — is the depth of our roster. And any time you can add quality major league players to your roster, you’€™re going to be better off.

“Yeah, I was on record very clearly in support of Stephen Drew. He’€™s a darn good player. And if I don’€™t support or like my players — and I like the team we have right now — but I’€™ve got to show that support.”

Drew was solid for the Red Sox last season, hitting .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs in 124 regular-season games while consistently providing steady defense up the middle. The Red Sox offered Drew a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer at the beginning of free agency, but the 30-year-old rejected the proposal in an attempt to land a multiyear contract on the open market.

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