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    The unemployment of Stephen Drew
    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - I know our economy's in a bit of a rough patch but this is ridiculous.

    Here's a stat you probably won't find in the Wall Street Journal. The current unemployment rate of Stephen Drew is 100 percent.

    One hundred percent, people! Why aren't we out picketing in the streets right now?

    Oh yeah, because the NCAA Tournament is on. Did you see the Mercer game? Crazy, right?

    So maybe Drew doesn't have it that bad. He did make $9 million playing for the Red Sox last season en route to winning the World Series. Unless you're Tom Brady and can afford to build a $40 million mansion and never live in it, that's basically a lifetime supply of cash.

    But there's much more at stake than Drew's finances. We're talking about one of the better fantasy shortstops not having a job. This is unacceptable!

    To be fair, part of this is Drew's fault. He dug his own grave by rejecting Boston's more than fair one-year, $14 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason. You don't need an economics degree to realize turning down a $5 million raise is bad business.

    The rest, well that's on Scott Boras. All he's done this offseason is negotiate one of his biggest clients right out of a job.

    The Boras factor has become something of an epidemic throughout major league baseball. By always holding out for more money, many of his best clients have wound up in unfavorable situations. Michael Bourn had his stolen base total cut in half during his first year in Cleveland, while Barry Zito, though incredibly wealthy now, was never a good fit in San Francisco. Only time will tell if Jacoby Ellsbury, another Boras client, truly belongs in pinstripes.

    Sure, Boras isn't the easiest guy to do business with, but at some point, don't we all have to come to our senses? It's preposterous that Dan Uggla, a guy who struck out in 38.2 percent of his at bats last season, is gainfully employed while Drew is at home setting a new high score on Candy Crush.

    As hit or miss as Drew has been throughout his career, he certainly has the potential to be a top-ten fantasy shortstop. And by most measures, he was one last season. Drew's OPS (.776) was fourth-best at his position while his 67 RBI (tied for a career-high) ranked fifth. Drew even produced a higher slugging percentage than All-Star starter J.J. Hardy (.444 for Drew, .433 for Hardy).

    And keep in mind, Drew accomplished all of this while essentially being in a platoon with Jose Iglesias for the entire first half of the season. Among shortstops with 60 or more RBI in 2013, Drew had the fewest at bats (442).

    Another thing we forget to think about is that shortstop is a physically demanding position. For example, Derek Jeter's range has gotten so limited in recent years that he's basically become a part-time player.

    Thankfully that's never been an issue for Drew. His slick glove work in 2013 netted him a .984 fielding percentage, third-best among big league shortstops. At age 31, Drew is more than capable of handling a full slate of games.

    Just think of what Drew could do with a full workload. If we stretch Drew's 2013 totals over 600 at bats, he would have posted 17 HR, 91 RBI and 77 runs scored. By our calculations, that would make him the eighth-best fantasy shortstop for 2014 right between Jean Segura and Everth Cabrera. Both of those players are going for at least $10 in auction drafts.

    The most mind-boggling element of Drew's unemployment is that he'd be a perfect fit for so many clubs. With Jose Iglesias likely out for the season (he has stress fractures in both of his shins), the Tigers are in desperate need of a middle infielder. The Mets, still hurting from the loss of Jose Reyes two years ago, are also thin at shortstop. The Blue Jays have an opening at second base that Drew could be a match for as well.

    Out of those choices, Detroit would be the ideal landing spot for Drew. Not only is the lineup potent but with such little competition at shortstop, he would almost have to be an everyday player. Plus, Detroit's Comerica Park had the third-highest park factor last season. Fenway was 20th. Ca-ching.

    Drew's no Troy Tulowitzki but his employment rate should be higher than zero. Let's all chip in and help this man get a job ... but after the tournament of course.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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      • Higher storm chances this week in Tampa Bay area

        Higher storm chances this week in Tampa Bay area

        Sunday, April 26 2015 5:12 PM EDT2015-04-26 21:12:30 GMT
        "Mostly dry conditions are expected Sunday night with a partly cloudy sky," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
        "Mostly dry conditions are expected Sunday night with a partly cloudy sky," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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