Drew Stock Tanks As Tigers Turn Tail

Eric D. Schabell
Contributing Writer

We brought the news yesterday that Stephen Drew might have found a way out of free agent prison.

Today it looks like that door got slammed in his face.

Over at The Detroit News they are reporting that the Detroit Tigers front office are "...not interested in signing Stephen Drew as a replacement for Jose Iglesias, whose shin problems are sending him to the disabled list and could ruin his 2014 season."

That has got to sting a bit for the Red Sox player that turned down $14.1 million to test the free agent market.

It has been a very lonely place for Stephen Drew.

When Jose Iglesias left to the disabled list and reports came that he would miss at the very least four months, maybe longer, it looked like Scott Boras would get his chance with Stephen Drew.

The head of the Tigers front-office Dave Dombrowski dashed those hopes Sunday stating that the Tigers would stick for now with “internal candidates.” They are just not planning to part with their 23rd round draft pick in compensation for Stephen Drew, unless he would be drastically discounted in salary to cover that loss.

He is just not worth it to the Tigers.

When a player turns down a $14.1 million qualifying offer, they are not too keen later to take less somewhere else. If he can wait until June when the draft takes place, that draft pick compensation disappears and he will then be much more interesting for the market. His agent Boras has indicated that his client is willing to wait to sign until after the draft, but that is gonna be painful to have to sit around and miss the first 2-3 months of the 2014 season.

With the Tigers pulling back from Stephen Drew it looks like he will have to get used to Florida summers as he works out at St. Thomas University until June.

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