NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Red Sox have signed Stephen Drew to a one-year deal, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
He will receive roughly $10 million, which is the prorated $14.1 million qualifying offer, according to Heyman,
At the beginning of the offseason, Drew turned down the $14.1 million qualifying offer from Boston.
The 31-year-old can’t be offered a qualifying offer in 2014 because he won’t play a full season.
The Mets, in search of a shortstop, were linked to Drew throughout the offseason. But in recent months, general manager Sandy Alderson maintained that signing the 2013 World Series champion was unlikely.
In February it was reported that Drew turned down a one-year, $9.5 million offer from New York.
As it became less and less likely that the Mets would sign Drew, the club expressed optimism that Ruben Tejada would return to form following a miserable 2013 campaign.
It hasn’t worked out like the Amazin’s had hoped.
The 24-year-old is batting just .185 with no homers and nine RBIs in 108 at-bats, posting a .302 on-base percentage. In the field, he’s made three errors in 37 games.
New York called up Wilmer Flores at the beginning of the month, presumably to replace Tejada as the starter, but he hasn’t seen much playing time.
Flores has started just three games at shortstop since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Not known for his defense, the 22-year-old hasn’t made any errors but has limited range. He’s 3-for-15 at the plate with two walks and five strikeouts.
In 2013 for the Red Sox, Drew hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs in 124 games.
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