Do You Agree with the Red Sox Signing Stephen Drew?

Dave GrotzContributor IIDecember 17, 2012

The Red Sox hope Stephen Drew can be an effective, one-year stop gap in 2013.
The Red Sox hope Stephen Drew can be an effective, one-year stop gap in 2013.Tony Medina/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox have made several notable free agent signing this offseason, adding Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli (pending) and Shane Victorino all within the last two weeks.

On early Monday morning, they made another.

The Red Sox signed shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports via Twitter.

Drew is the only one of the four big recent free agent signings for the Red Sox to not be making more than $10 million per year for multiple years. Also, he's the only one not signed to a multi-year deal.

But do you agree with the Red Sox signing him?

In 2012, the 29-year-old hit .223 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 28 runs batted in with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics.

And in the 2012 ALDS with the A's, the shortstop hit just .211 (4-for-19) with two doubles, one RBI and seven strikeouts.

Drew was once a highly-touted prospect. But since the former first-round pick's rookie season in 2006, Drew has only been mediocre.

The 2004 15th-overall draft pick hit .316 and slugged .517 with 13 doubles, seven triples, five homers and 23 runs batted in over just 59 games during his rookie campaign with the Diamondbacks.

But since 2006, he has not lived up to his high expectations.

From 2007 to 2012, Drew has hit just .258.

The younger Drew brother to J.D. also has not finished a season with a batting average greater than .300, and only once has he finished a season with a slugging percentage greater than .500 (.502 in 2008) since 2006.

In his first four full seasons after 2006, the shortstop averaged 147 games, 76.25 runs, 33.5 doubles, 9.75 triples, 15 HRs and 53 RBI.

And since 2011, the recently injury-plagued shortstop has played a total of just 165 games, averaging 82.5 games in each of the last two seasons.

Drew was the best available shortstop in a thin free agent market for his position, so he was bound to sign an expensive deal among his class.

The Red Sox signed Drew to just a one-year deal, so he can be a one-year stopgap while Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts develop.

Bogaerts does not have any MLB experience, but Baseball America ranks him as the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox farm system.

Iglesias is also a highly-touted free agent. But in 35 games with the Red Sox over the last two seasons, the soon-to-be 23-year-old, flashy defensive shortstop has hit just .135 (10-for-35).

To fix his hitting struggles, Iglesias has been working out with Dustin Pedroia this offseason, according to ESPN Boston.

The signing of Stephen Drew will help Iglesias, one of the best young defensive shortstops in the league, develop his hitting for another year.

On top of that, the Red Sox could get lucky with this one-year deal, hoping that Drew has a major contract year like Adrian Beltre did with the team in 2010.

But like several of the recent players signed by the Red Sox (listed above), Drew was on my list of 10 free agents the Red Sox should not sign this offseason. He was listed at No. 2, but that was factoring him in as signing a multi-year deal with the team.

Now that Drew is the starting shortstop for the Red Sox in 2013, Iglesias will be rested on the Red Sox bench or playing in AAA for another year. Iglesias needs to hit better, but his glove is an incredible asset to the team that Red Sox fans will not get to see.

Drew was once a highly-touted prospect, but since his rookie season, he's proven to be just a mediocre player so far in his career.

The Red Sox have only made short-term deals with free agents this offseason, and they see Drew as a short-term shortstop who they hope can re-establish his value in one season with Boston.

Do you agree with the Red Sox signing Stephen Drew? Feel free to leave your comments below.