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Christopher L. Gasper

Why do Red Sox love offense from shortstops?

Forget what’s the fascination with [insert Drew here]? The question the Red Sox should be asked is what’s the unceasing infatuation with offensive shortstops?

The latest model is Stephen Drew, brother of J.D. The Shortstop Drew received a one-year, $9.5 million deal from the Sox on Monday, coming off a season in which he hit .223 with a .309 on-base percentage and a .657 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) in 79 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics. That doesn’t sound like an offensive shortstop, but that’s what Drew is with his career .762 OPS.

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