BOSTON (CBS) – Shortstop Steven Drew is not expected to accept the Red Sox’ qualifying offer, as his agent Scott Boras reportedly has meetings with other interested teams already set up during next week’s general manager meetings in Orlando.
According to a Tweet from Peter Gammons, one general manager told him: “Forget Stephen Drew accepting the $14M. Scott(Boras) already has set up a number of meetings on Drew for Tuesday at the GM meetings.”
Drew was one of three players the Red Sox made a $14.1 million, one-year qualifying offer to last week, along with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and first baseman Mike Napoli. Should Drew decline the offer and sign elsewhere, the Red Sox would receive a draft pick in compensation.
There are some rumblings though that Drew could decline the offer, but still reach a multi-year agreement with Boston.
Drew displayed some solid glove work in the field in 2013 but struggled mightily at the plate, batting .253 in the regular season and just .111 (6-for-54) with 19 strikeouts in the postseason.
Free agents who received qualifying offers have until Monday to accept or decline the one-year deals.
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