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Eric D. Schabell
Contributing Writer

It looked pretty bleak for Stephen Drew, who gambled on turning down $14.1 million qualifying offer to test the free agent market.

It left him home when Spring Training started.

According to Nick Cafardo, he is in "...free agent purgatory." He sounded pretty down in the dumps having to report to St. Thomas University every day for five hour workouts to stay fit should a call come.

When asked if he regretted turning down the qualifying offer he never answered the question directly stating, “I wish I had a crystal ball so I could read these things into the future."

Scott Boras and his client gambled that they would score big this offseason and it looked like they were going to be on the losing end of that bet.

No more.

Yesterday Jerry Crasnick tweeted out the news.


So with Jose Iglesias out for minimum of four months, the Detroit Tigers are in need as they have serious ambitions.

Enter Boras, as Peter Gammons notes.


It looks like the wait will once again allow Boras to hold another team up for ransom.

If Detroit signs Stephen Drew, it means that Red Sox will have the 23rd pick in the 2014 draft. Forfeiting that pick could be a tough pill for Detroit to swallow.

They also have the option to chase Nick Franklin of the Seattle Mariners who lost his second base job to the Robinson Cano.

The only question remaining is if you would want to face the Tigers with Stephen Drew at shortstop, or rather see a Scott Boras client pay for being greedy?

Post a comment or via twitter @ericschabell with your thoughts.

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Eric D. Schabell 3/16/2014 06:17:00 AM Edit
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