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Scott Boras on Sirius XM: Drew received multi-year offers, decided to return to Red Sox

05.21.14 at 8:17 pm ET
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The offseason was not a great one for Stephen Drew, as the shortstop’s desire for a multi-year deal and the draft pick that was tied to him due to the qualifying offer the Red Sox offered him before free agency drove away some potential suitors for the 31-year-old. However, according to Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, the shortstop received multi-year offers, but ultimately decided on his own volition to return to Boston on a one-year deal.

“The quest, knowing that Stephen had set forth a path to achieve the dynamic of being an unrestricted free agent the idea was to put himself in a position where the team, and within an environment we knew he could be successful,” Boras told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM. “It turned out we did get multi-year offers as the season opened up but it was Stephen’€™s decision to take a one-year deal and return to the Red Sox and have a chance to compete for another championship.”

Heading into the offseason, Drew, who hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 homers, 67 RBI and 29 doubles, sought a multi-year deal but ultimately did not receive the offer he was looking for. As a result, Drew decided to wait out for an offer he was satisfied with while he worked out in both Miami and near his home in Georgia. Ultimately, Boras suggested that the outcome of free agency was a positive one for Drew, given that he returned to a time for whom he wanted to play while making good money in 2014 with an opportunity to experience free agency in the most literal sense — something that conferred a four-year, $52 million deal on shortstop Jhonny Peralta in the offseason — after the year.

“Where obviously Stephen was looking for a multi-year contract, that did not happen,” Boras told the radio station. “Then the process began where we found that if a player does not play at the start of the season, one game, then the club can no longer assert a qualifying offer on him.  He can play the 2014 season on a one-year contract and then be a true unrestricted free agent which, for players of the skill of Stephen Drew and that type that are given qualifying offers, that is a right that is of great and substantial value to him.”

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