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MLB Free Agents: Stephen Drew Leads a Thin List at Shortstop

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 07:11 AM EDT - by Felipe Melecio -

Felipe Melecio was the managing editor for the blog Pathological Hate. When not watching sports, he's listening to music--or listening to music while watching sports. Keep tabs on all his knee-jerk reactions on Twitter:


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@pathological_h8
@pathological_h8

Hello, First of all, his name is Stephen Drew, not Steven. And I was aware that Drew's performance in 2011 and 2012 may have been hindered by injury, but if you're a GM of a ball club and you're making an assessment of Drew's overall production of the last three seasons, you can either give him a pass because of injury OR you can assess that maybe Drew is a bit of an injury-risk. I chose to go with the latter. A 31 year-old with some injury history, but your agent is going to want me to give him a four-year, $40 million contract--at the very least? Maybe you would, but I'm not quite sure about that. Although Drew helped the Red Sox win the World Series with both bat and glove (especially his glove because Fox made sure to keep replaying those nifty plays he was making on the field), the fact still remains that Drew will be getting older, therefore his skills will start declining, if they haven't already. That's something a team has to account for when looking at Drew. And you excused his lack of production for '11 and '12 because he was hurt, but the injury does not excuse the high strikeout rates he posted in the last three seasons. And even though he was healthy this season, an on-base percentage of .333 is not something to get excited about. And if you pay attention to Drew's plate discipline in the last three seasons (which you obviously did because you watch the games), injured or not, those percentages have virtually stayed the same. So in the end, it doesn't matter if his injury hindered his performance or not. When he was healthy enough to play, these are the numbers he posted. Based on those numbers, I have a hard time believing that teams are calling his agent day and night to meet with Drew at the moment and sign him, post-haste. Thanks for reading.

Mujo
Mujo

Your assessment of Steven Drew completely ignored the fact that his poor numbers for 2011 and 2012 - from decreased offensive production, , to poorer than normal UZR, and most obviously, games played - were the result of a horrific ankle injury necessitating a long recovery period. Drew was finally fully healthy by late spring 2013, at which time he put up numbers at, or better, than his pre-injury statistics. As for his defense being only average, did you watch the World Series? I get the feeling from your analysis that you don't watch the game much and have no idea what factors may be in play that cause the changes in numbers.

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