Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Monday, likely becoming the club’s stopgap option at shortstop in 2013.
The 29-year old shortstop is the younger brother of retired major league outfielder J.D. Drew, who played in Boston from 2007-2011. Like his older brother, Drew was a highly-touted prospect and a former first-round draft pick (in 2004) with a less than overwhelming career in the bigs.
After missing 137 games with a fractured ankle, Drew made his way back to being an everyday player in 2012, hitting .223 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 79 games with the Diamondbacks and A’s last year.
His $9.5 million deal comes with an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses and is just another case of the Red Sox overpaying for a short-term option this offseason. He’ll likely start regularly at short unless 22-year old prospect Jose Iglesias miraculously learned how to hit this winter.
Iglesias is expected to be given an opportunity to earn the starting shortstop job in spring training, but the defensively gifted infielder has continued to struggle at the plate and only hit .118 in 68 at-bats for the Red Sox in 2012.