Ben Cherington on Stephen Drew: 'We're focused on the guys that are here'

February 20, 2014 - 11:10 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, asked about shortstop Stephen Drew on Thursday, was noncommittal as to the nature of the team's interest in the free agent. He did suggest that he's comfortable with the composition of the infield as it stands. "Right now, as far as the position player group, we'€™re focused on the guys that are here," said Cherington. "We'€™ve got infielders here in camp who are into their workouts and getting ready to play games. We have a lot of faith in those infielders.'€

There are questions about the Sox' depth on the left side of the infield, where the team currently features shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Will Middlebrooks as starters, with Jonathan Herrera and Brock Holt available as utility depth options. Cherington said that the team would examine opportunities for reinforcing infield depth, but said that the effort to do so would focus more on spring training trades than an imminent signing of Drew.

"We feel pretty good. We'€™ll use spring training as we always would, we'€™ll use spring training to canvas every other team'€™s camp," said Cherington. "There'€™s been an interest this winter in acquiring some additional infield depth. We'€™ve done some of that but we at least have an open mind there. My guess is that that'€™s a spring training thing and maybe nothing happens. But more generally, we'€™ll do what we do every year and that is, we have scouts in every camp. We know who is more likely to be available and we'€™ll scout those guys and see if anything makes sense.'€