With Iglesias Out With A Shin Injury, The Tigers Must Sign Drew – And For A Few Years!!
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With news coming down the pike that Jose Iglesias could miss the entire year due to a shin splints injury, or at least until the ALL – Star Break, going to sign Stephen for a contract now is a must for the Detroit franchise.
Iglesias was supposed to solidify the Infield in Motown this upcoming campaign with his exceptional defense. However, lets be realistic in that his offense is a bit challenged.
Now with news of his injury wreaking havoc for most of 2014, the Tigers are left with a major void at the position.
Stephen Drew 2013 World Series HR
Replacement Infielders internally include Steve Lombardozzi ,4’A’ player Danny Worth or potentially Hernan Perez, but this team has to be in the World Series conversation – otherwise this year falls short of expectations.
Then you look to the trade market.
At this point, the only SS worth while trying to pry out of another organization for championship caliber team is Asdrubal Cabrera, and there is no way the Indians trade him within the Division if at all.
All signs points to Stephen Drew. Here is a list of pro’s and con’s of inking the man to a contract.
1. The guy is not much of a defensive drop off from Iglesias, and is a much better offensive player, hitting for a 3 slash of .264/.329/.435. Last year he featured a .777 OPS – with 50 XBH in just 442 AB.
2. Drew wouldn’t cost you anyone from the current roster, just physical cash – and a draft pick.
3. The man just came off a World Series Title with Boston, and has made the postseason with 3 different clubs in career.
4. If Iglesias were somehow to return, Drew provides great depth for the SS and 3B positions – and maybe better in the short term overall.
Also excellent in case of a dry spell ever from Nick Castellanos in 2014 or 2015.
5. With a team full of Right Handed Batters, Drew’s Left Handed Bat would come in handy. joining Alex Avila and Switch Hitter Victor Martinez as the others on the club.
Andy Dirks is on the shelf as the other LHB. Yes Lombardozzi bats both, but he is better suited for a Utility Bench role.
1. Stephen Drew has battled through a myriad of physical problems himself, missing almost 200 games over the course of the last few years.
2. The teams payroll continues to skyrocket at this point. The Tigers might be better off to wait until halfway through the season, and have a replacement that comes with a pro – rated salary only for the last half of the year.
3. Obviously losing the Draft Pick isn’t great for a team that need to eventually rebuild through their organization with the aging core of their franchise.
In addition to what I have said here, if I were the Tigers, I would offer him a 2 or 3 year deal.
Also, if I were Scott Boras right now (Drew’s agent), I would ask for at least $14.1 MIL for 1 YR, or carve up that request for a 2 or 3 year deal worth at least $9 – $11 MIL per annum.
When we are looking at the financial long run of the Tigers, we must look to who is coming up in Free Agency after this year.
I have stated several times that I think this team may only retain one of these players.
The prices may be at a premium for Scherzer and V-Mart depending on their 2014 seasons.
I am still of the mindset the club will not have the cash to pay for Scherzer, and I would hold the long-term DH slot for Miguel Cabera (post 2015 year.)
I would try to sign a DH for the 2015 season.
Enough with the finances. Back to why Drew would be a great fit for a multi-year contract. What exactly do you have in Iglesias?
The SS will be coming off a major injury to his lower half of body, and he is a player that has next to little power as is.
The Tigers window of opportunity may only be for a couple of more years, so why not double up on the SS and 3B positions?
Detroit is lucky that a player with SS/3B capability is even on the board this late into Spring Training.
I sign the Birthday Boy (Drew is 31 today), for at least 2 years. That gives Iglesias all the time in the world to recover, and pads the Depth Chart for Infield for a while longer in case Castellanos struggles to start his career.
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Posted on March 16, 2014, in Free Agency and tagged 2013 World Series, @MLBreports on twitter, al central, alex avila, andy dirks, asdrubal cabrera, Brad Ausmus, brad miller, comerica park, danny worth, detroit tigers, Hernan Perez, Jose Iglesias, max scherzer, nick castellanos, Nick Franklin, prince fielder, scott boras, stephen drew, steve lombardozzi, Torii Hunter, victor martinez. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.