Found December 18, 2012 on Ted's Army:
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. "I'm sure we're signing Stephen to go out there and play," Pedroia said. "Iggy, I'm sure he understands that. He understands he needs to get better and there are things he needs to work on. I haven't talked to Iggy since we signed Drew, but that's a part of the game." Pedroia dealt with a similar situation in 2006. The Red Sox knew Pedroia would be a major contributor in Boston at some point, but the club realized he needed more time in the minors to hone his skills. So that offseason, the Red Sox traded for veteran infielder Mark Loretta to bridge the gap until Pedroia was ready. "At first I was upset, but in the long run I think it helped me become a better player," Pedroia said. "I needed to go to Triple-A and learn, and it was the best thing for me. Things work out for a reason, and, hopefully, he uses that motivation to get better, to become smarter and to learn how to play the game better. "He wants to learn and that's why everybody around thinks he's going to be a good one, because he wants to learn. I mean, he came from Cuba and he learned English in a year. He picks up things quick, and that's not easy. He needs to learn and he's definitely willing to do it. He came out to Arizona and worked his butt off for the three days I was with him. He's going to put in the time." ESPNBoston | Dustin Pedroia likes what he sees Nice to see some optimism on the Stephen Drew front, considering I was a little less enthusiastic. I'm starting to think Jose Iglesias won't really be given a shot to start at short at the major league level. This is not to say that's unfair -- he hasn't progressed enough with the bat, for sure, to quell the hesitations about his offensive ability. Meanwhile, the consensus best prospect in the Sox system, Xander Bogaerts has an ETA of 2014 (per SoxProspects). Iglesias certainly won't stand in the way of that. Even if he hits .300 at AAA, or Drew misses time and Iglesias plays well at the major league level, the Sox will want to see what they have in Xander. In his case, the offense is likely fine, it's the defense that the organization will be evaluating. And with Will Middlebrooks on the hot corner presumably for the next five or six years, there's even more pressure to make Xander work at short. On a mostly-unrelated-but-troubling-enough-to-mention note: Matt Collins pointed out on Twitter that Pedroia, the apple of Red Sox Nation's eye, has played fewer games per season in his career than JD Drew, one of the more hated good players I can remember, did in his time in Boston. Collins unfairly included Pedroia's rookie season (31 games); if you take that out Pedroia averages 137.5 to Drew's 121. Nonetheless, is it a concern that our most important player misses 25 games per season? I say yes. ESPNBoston | Drew will be bridge to future at SS | WEEI | JD Drew can feel Mike Napoli's pain | Globe | Sox sign the other Drew | Herald | Brother holds Drew to form
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Is Stephen Drew's contract that unreasonable?

Immediate reaction from Red Sox fans, myself included, was negative about Stephen Drew's deal. After all, $9.5 million sounds steep for a guy who suffered a massive ankle injury that disrupted his last two seasons (and who played poorly around that injury). I've since read a couple of defenses of the deal (including Jonah Keri's at Grantland and Rob Neyer's at SBNation...

AP source: Red Sox agree to deal with Stephen Drew

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that shortstop Stephen Drew and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract. Drew will take a physical before the deal can be finalized, the person said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not complete. Drew hit .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games...

Stephen Drew Will Bring Outgoing, Laid-Back Personality to Boston, According to Brother J.D. Drew

J.D. Drew admits that there are a lot of similarities between he and his brother, Stephen, who reportedly inked a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Monday. However, he also understands the two differ in plenty of ways. “The thing is, Stephen is not nearly as guarded as I am,” J.D. told “He’s more outgoing. He may even come across that way to me because, you know...

Drew signs one-year deal with Red Sox

Shortstop Stephen Drew has signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports Monday. The deal includes $500,000 in performances bonuses for the free agent. Drew, 29, became available when the Oakland Athletics rejected a $10 million mutual option on his contract in October. Instead, Drew received a $1.35 million buyout on his A'...

Red Sox Sign Stephen Drew To One-Year Deal

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Monday, likely becoming the club’s stopgap option at shortstop in 2013. The 29-year old shortstop is the younger brother of retired major league outfielder J.D. Drew, who played in Boston from 2007-2011. Like his older brother, Drew was a highly-touted prospect and a former first-round...

Sox Sign SS Stephen Drew, J.D.'s Brother

If this picture doesn't say "exciting baseball", I don't know what does. (Image: Deadspin)According to Jon Heyman, the Red Sox have reached a one-year deal with shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew will be paid $9.5 million, with $500K in performance incentives. This deal does not come as too much of a surprise, as it is beneficial to both sides. The Sox -- rightfully...

Red Sox Rumors: Boston Interested in Stephen Drew

The Boston Red Sox have “some interest” in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. #RedSox have some interest in Stephen Drew, sources say. Appear to see him mostly as a one-year stopgap as Iglesias & Bogaerts develop. — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 16, 2012 Stark notes that the Red Sox interest in Drew is as a one-year...

Report: Red Sox Sign Stephen Drew To One-Year Deal

It looks like Jose Iglesias will have to wait another year before taking over at shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. According to Jon Heyman of, the Red Sox and Stephen Drew have agreed to a one-year deal. Heyman reports that it's worth $9.5 million. With Mike Aviles being jettisoned in the off-season, it was thought Iglesias would have the chance to be the...

Red Sox Sign Stephen Drew

Following additions to the outfield, bullpen, and starting rotation, the Red Sox filled the last hole on their roster early Monday morning, signing shortstop Stephen Drew to a 1-year, $9.5 million deal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports  was first to report the news. While they have options like Pedro Ciriaco and Jose Iglesias on the roster, [...]

One Drew Was Not Enough: Red Sox Ink Stephen

The Red Sox have been one of the baseball’s most active teams on the free agent market this winter, inking David Ross, Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, and maybe Mike Napoli (depending on a recent hold-up with his physical) as they look to pick up the pieces following a last place finish in 2012. Their August blockbuster with the Dodgers freed up hundred of millions of...

Red Sox Sign SS Stephen Drew

The Boston Red Sox have signed shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Drew’s new deal with the Red Sox includes $500,000 in performance bonuses, adds Buster Olney of ESPN. Drew gets $9.5M salary. #redsox — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 17, 2012 Stephen Drew gets $500K in performance bonuses, to go along...

Your Morning Dump...where the new shortstop is an old name

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. The Red Sox have an agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew on a one-year, $9.5 million deal, league sources told The Drew signing will allow the Red Sox one more year to develop slick-fielding...

Transaction Analysis: Drew Love by R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to be their starting shortstop, the Astros signed Carlos Pena, and the A`s signed Hiroyuki Nakajima

Needing shortstop, A's turn to Japan

The Oakland Athletics are on the verge of landing a new shortstop, one who will be playing in the major leagues for the first time. The team has reached a contract agreement with Japanese free agent Hiroyuki Nakajima, according to major league sources. Nakajima, 30, spent the past six seasons playing for the Seibu Lions in the Japanese Pacific League. He turned down multiple offers...

Athletics welcome Japanese shortstop Nakajima

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics introduced Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima at a press conference Tuesday after finalizing a two-year contract, with a club option for a third year, earlier in the day. The A's signed the 30-year-old Japan League veteran to fill the void at shortstop created by the departures of Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew. "When we finished...
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