Discussion: Stephen Drew

Despite Bob Nightengale's suggestion that the Diamondbacks "plan to listen to offers for shortstop Stephen Drew," Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic heard that the idea hasn't been discussed and is very unlikely.  Piecoro analyzes the situation anyway, and concludes that trading Drew would just create a new problem for the team.

Drew hit .321/.366/.538 over the season's final three months in 2008, leading some to predict a 2009 breakout.  That hasn't happened – Drew's power took a nosedive en route to a .256/.318/.428 line.  As Piecoro points out, that's still decent production at shortstop.  And some metrics suggest Drew has been a positive defensively this year.

Here's the question: what would be an appropriate trade return for three years of Drew?  And who would play shortstop for the D'Backs?  Do you agree with Piecoro that keeping Drew is the best course of action?


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