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ON BASEBALL

The wait may pay off for Stephen Drew

No, he’s not the savior. He may not save the Red Sox’ season. But he adds stability, he is a strong link to the 2013 team, a great clubhouse guy, a guy who is respected by the manager, the coaches, the players, and the front office.

Did the Red Sox have to give Stephen Drew the prorated version of the $14.1 qualifying offer he turned down? Probably not. But they did, out of good will, out of respect. They did because he was the player everyone wanted back.

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