BOSTON (CBS) – Count Dan Shaughnessy as one person still scratching their head from the Stephen Drew signing.
Love him or hate him, you could argue the Drew acquisition made sense at the time. Xander Bogaerts, who we all agree will be a great MLB player for years and years to come, was much farther behind in his development in the field than he was at the plate.
Routine grounders, miscommunication and other mistakes plagued the rookie, and the organization felt, especially with Will Middlebrooks going to the disabled list, that signing Drew was the best way to fix this problem.
The $10 million shortstop has played in just four games so far since rejoining the team last Monday, and in those games he’s hitting .071 (1-for-14) with two walks. Making matters worse, Drew is now dealing with an injury. He missed Monday’s game at Baltimore with oblique tightness.
Shaughnessy joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak show Tuesday to discuss the signing, the struggling Sox and much more.
“It’s pretty bad. This is really blowing up in their faces. Bogaerts gets moved [to third base], and then you end up with Jonathan Herrera playing there [at shortstop] in three of the first seven games since Drew’s here. Bogaerts is at third, Drew is 1-for-14 and they’ve lost six out of seven after winning seven in a row — I mean it’s just been a disaster so far. They’re still selling the long view on this thing but I don’t know. They may end up trading Drew before the deadline if they become sellers.”
If Drew doesn’t work out at shortstop, Shaughnessy thinks it’ll be hard to move Xander Bogaerts back to the position because that means the team would have admitted failure.
“They keep telling us [Bogaerts] is the shortstop next spring. This is not looking like a championship ride here, or postseason push, but man when you’re seven under .500 playing the way they’re playing it just looks bad. I don’t know how they’re going to handle it. Publicly it doesn’t look like they know what they’re doing. As this thing moves forward it could get tricky for them.”