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.