Player profile: Free-agent SS Stephen Drew

30-year-old Red Sox SS Stephen Drew is eligible to be a free agent at the end of this season.

He signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with Boston last off season.

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In 124 games with Boston in 2013, Drew hit .253 with a .333 OBP and .777 OPS, 13 home runs and 67 RBI with 54 walks and 124 strikeouts.

However, he hit just .194 against left-handed pitching.

“He’s a very good player. He’s a very sound defender, an above-average defender,” Boston manager John Farrell recently said of Drew, according to the Boston Globe.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Drew likes Boston, and Boston likes Drew, but the Red Sox have Xander Bogaerts. So, the buzz up north seems to suggest that, if the Sox bring Drew back, they’ll either trade Bogaerts or keep him and change his position. The Mets have asked about Bogaerts multiple times over the last few years, whether in talks about Carlos Beltran, R.A. Dickey or others. Drew also makes sense for the Mets, so this whole storyline is probably worth keeping an eye on…

Michael Baron, Contributor

Drew seems like a natural fit on a short-term deal for the Mets. He’s a left-handed hitter with a decent amount of power and production for a shortstop. He also plays very well in the field and has good range and decent speed. He dealt with a concussion late in camp and a strained hamstring during the season, all of which limited him to only 124 games. It’s worth noting that he hasn’t played a full season since 2010. The good news is he appears to be past those injuries, though questions will remain as to whether he can stay healthy for a full year.

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

Drew provides above-average production for a shortstop as well as serviceable defense. His strikeout rate has increased steadily every year, but he pairs it with a good walk rate and more power than you’ll generally get from the position. As a hitter, he’s well suited for Citi Field as he hits a lot of line drives and can take advantage of the big gaps there. He’s vulnerable against left-handed pitching, though, which is a concern for an already lefty-heavy team.

Andrew Wharton, Contributor

I’m not completely sold on Drew for the Mets. He has only posted an OPS+ greater than 100 three times since his rookie campaign in 2006. The deciding factor here is his contract. He made $9.5 million this season by signing with Boston, and at age 30 I’m not sure he’s destined for a pay cut just yet. Yes, he’d be an improvement at the shortstop position for the Mets, but I think that money can be better allocated chasing free agents like Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Abreu.