Sunday Confessional: A series where Editor Collin Kottke confesses something on Sundays. Seems simplistic enough. We’ll see.
Ever sat back and realized that the Minnesota Twins infield is pretty much set for the foreseeable future? I think it’s safe to assume that Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano all will be part of the Twins infield for the next four-to-five years at least. Which only leaves the shortstop position in the air and that is where Stephen Drew comes in.
On MLB Trade Rumors, there is a post about the potential landing spots for Drew and the team’s that could use him the most and, of course, the Twins are one of those teams. The post took FanGraphs 2014 projections which say that Drew will rank as the 23rd best shortstop in baseball based on WAR, beating out projected Twins starter Pedro Florimon.
This projection is after Drew was the eighth best shortstop in baseball in 2013 based on WAR. The Twins need to go after Stephen Drew, either way.
Drew will demand a nice paycheck, his agent happens to be Scott Boras, and a draft pick, which would be the number 43 pick if the Twins were to sign him, but Drew’s services are still worth the price.
There is value in stability. If you have stability as an organization it is easier to succeed, because you are no longer filling holes but you are filling cracks.
I don’t think it’s going out a limb to say that Stephen Drew is a better shortstop than Pedro Florimon. A better player makes a better ball club. This seems like a no-brainer to me.
The Twins have spent money so far this offseason, so let’s spend a little more. I’d much rather take a chance on Stephen Drew, a known commodity, then a college player with the 43rd overall pick, but that’s just me sitting back and spending someone else’s money.