Stephen Drew: ‘I’d Love’ To Return To Boston Red Sox This Season


Stephen Drew, David OrtizThe Stephen Drew saga remains alive and well.

Drew, who’s still a free agent, has been working out with fellow major league free agent Kendrys Morales and coach Alex Ochoa at St. Thomas University, according to The Boston Globe?s Nick Cafardo. Drew is unsure what his future holds, but the veteran shortstop believes he will play in 2014.

?I have too much talent and the ability to help a team to think I?m not going to play baseball this year,? Drew recently told Cafardo. ?I don?t know where that?s going to be, to be honest with you, but I felt I had my best defensive year last year in the major leagues. I was a year removed from the (ankle) injury and unfortunately I had the concussion that I didn?t recover from for 2 1/2 months before I got it right.”

Drew is coming off a strong 2013 campaign with the Boston Red Sox. He hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs while providing excellent glove work, prompting the Red Sox to make him a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer at the beginning of free agency. Drew declined the offer to seek a multiyear contract, though, and the 30-year-old since hasn’t found a suitor.

?I enjoyed the time in Boston and getting to play in the World Series and getting to play with those guys and the great clubhouse we had,? Drew said. ?It was one of the best things I?ve ever been involved with.

?Looking back, I?d love it,? Drew added of a potential return to Boston. ?With the guys there and the chemistry, they know what I?m about and I know what they?re about.?

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