Here's one bit of news nobody expected,
cubs are among teams showing interest in stephen drew
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 29, 2014
This one is a bit of a head-scratcher. At this stage of his career, Drew is just a role player, a veteran with a LH bat, good defense, and a solid approach.
So why would the Cubs have interest?
That is an interesting question.
We could be cynical and say the market for Drew is dry and his agent, Scott Boras, is trying to create more interest and get better offers. Considering the source is Heyman, that is plausible, I suppose.
But the word "interest" can also mean so many things. It could just be the Cubs doing their due diligence here and Boras used the opportunity to make it public.
But what if there is legitimate interest here, what would that mean?
Well, I have been told it right off the bat it has nothing to do with Starlin Castro, other than perhaps a LH bat to give him some rest from time to time.
But Drew is a good athlete with a good arm and should be able to handle any infield position. He would make an ideal veteran utility infielder and insurance policy at multiple positions.
It could signal some moves ahead. The Cubs are thought to be in some trade discussions right now -- could he replace a player who could be on the move? If that is the case then Drew could initially be a bridge piece for Bryant, Baez, Alcantara, or La Stella and then move to the bench when those players are ready to play full-time.
But maybe we shouldn't overthink this one too much. Drew is a veteran with good makeup and clubhouse presence who also happens to have the kind of grind-it-out approach and versatility the team is looking to add. It seems natural the Cubs would show some interest.
And it doesn't hurt that new Cubs ace Jon Lester is a fan based on the time they spent together with the Red Sox,
"You don't know what a difference it makes,'' Lester says, "when you know that the plays will be made behind you. Stephen made every routine play and a lot of plays that weren't routine, too.''
An experienced clubhouse dude with some versatility and the right approach for Maddon and his group of young players? Plus some solid defense for Lester and the rest of the pitching staff?
Yeah, I can see why the Cubs would do their due diligence and consider bringing him in as a role player, but I am not going to make too much more out of it until we get more information.
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