Ben Cherington: No Stephen Drew dialogue with Scott Boras since 'just before the holidays'

January 10, 2014 - 3:34 am
Appearing on The Hot Stove Show with Rob Bradford and Alex Speier on Thursday night, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said his team is still waiting out the market for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. According to Cherington, the Sox and Drew'€™s agent, Scott Boras, have not talked in a few weeks. "We've kept a dialogue going, and frankly haven'€™t had a conversation in a little while now. It'€™s been probably just before the holidays," the GM said. "€œI don'€™t have any doubt Stephen has opportunities out there. He'€™s a good player. He'€™s a healthy player. He'€™s going to be someone'€™s shortstop this year. We think we've had an honest, open dialogue with Stephen and Scott obviously about what our interests are and some of the issues we'€™re facing. He'€™s done the same and we'€™ll continue to have a conversation as we always do with Scott. But there'€™s nothing really to report on it." Even with five weeks to go before the beginning of spring training, Cherington said the Red Sox are not setting a deadline regarding when a decision needs to be made on bringing back Drew. "I would like to think we as a group and our major league staff -- John [Farrell] and coaches --€“ are flexible and nimble enough to accommodate a move that makes sense no matter what date it comes on, because you never know what opportunities come up and I wouldn't want to limit ourselves that way,"€ Cherington said. The general manager also touched on the possibility of committing to playing younger players, such as shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Will Middlebrooks. "€œOne of things we've been focused a lot of on this winter, and talking about internally, we have, as everyone knows, got a handful of young players who we believe in, who we believe are going to be really good major league players and of course when they'€™re unproven at the major league level there'€™s always a fair question about transition and whether there'€™s a learning curve that needs to take place," he said. "That said, if you have young players you believe in there is a real value to be obtained from committing to some of them because if you don'€™t, you never do. Everyone knows the best teams year in, year out that can integrate young players from time to time and integrate them successfully because that makes you'€™re team better, it helps you manage things, it helps you manage payroll year in, year out. The only way to do that, of course, is to at some point commit to the young player. The question is which players and how many and what is the right time to do that. That'€™s the dialogue we'€™ve been having internally. We think we'€™re in that position that we have a chance to do that. '€"We'€™re not writing anything in stone in terms of who is in the lineup and who'€™s not. We'€™re not handing jobs out in January because we don'€™t have to. But we are talking about the value to the organization that comes from committing to the young player if, indeed, we have the young players who are worth committing to, and if we can support those guys enough by having a deep enough roster overall." For audio of the interview, click here.