Unable to land the multi-year deal he sought in free agency, Stephen Drew is now reportedly willing to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.
Like others tied to draft pick compensation, Drew found no market this winter and enters the end of March still without a job.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Drew would be willing to sign with the Detroit Tigers who recently lost Jose Iglesias for a sizable part of the 2014 season. Getting Drew on a one-year deal would appear to be quite the get for the Tigers, as he could easily be replaced with a returning Iglesias in 2015.
The Tigers pulled off a trade on Friday with the Los Angeles Angles getting Andrew Romine.
Romnie, 28 has made 15 starts at the big league level. He is expected to share time at the position with Danny Worth (26 starts) or rookie Hernan Perez.
Drew is believed to be seeking $14 million a season and is willing to wait until after Opening Day to sign. This would allow him to avoid being attached to compensation next season. If Drew is signed prior to this year’s draft in June the Red Sox will receive the signing team’s first-round pick in this years draft.