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March 17, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Drew to Detroit?

by Daniel Rathman


Could the Tigers and Stephen Drew rescue each other?
News surfaced over the past couple of days that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias could spend most of the 2014 season on the shelf with long-term injuries to both of his shins. Detroit’s only internal replacement is Hernan Perez, who turns 23 on March 26 and did little at the plate in a 71-plate-appearance sample last year.

Not surprisingly, speculation immediately turned to Stephen Drew, who reportedly regrets turning down a qualifying offer from the Red Sox last fall and appears unlikely to garner a new offer from Boston, which has top prospect Xander Bogaerts ready to fill his shoes. ESPN’s Jim Bowden made the connection while delivering the bad news on Iglesias’ injury. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that agent Scott Boras represents both Iglesias and Drew and has a history of coaxing general manager Dave Dombrowski and owner Mike Ilitch into late-spring outlays for seemingly desperate free agents.

Whether the Tigers are an ideal fit for Drew, though, remains unclear. The 31-year-old is coming off his best season since 2010 and has been hoping to cash in on it with the first multi-year commitment of his big-league career. Meanwhile, the Tigers are content with the 24-year-old Iglesias, a defensive wizard, as their shortstop of the present and future, as long as he gets and stays healthy. As MLB.com’s Phil Rogers pointed out, Dombrowski needs a stopgap, but Drew wants to be much more than that.

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