Posted January 23, 2014

Report: Yankees considering run at Stephen Drew

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Stephen Drew helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship last season. ( Elsa/Getty Images)

Stephen Drew helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship last season. ( Elsa/Getty Images)

Fresh off their signing of 25-year-old Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees are considering making a run at infielder Stephen Drew.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Yankees’ consideration of Drew comes after the team clearly surpassed at $189 million luxury-tax threshold. Heyman reported, citing a source familiar with the team’s thinking, that how seriously the Yankees go after Drew “depends on the price.”

From the report:

There has been a thought the Yankees might be willing to keep spending after landing star Japanese free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. But while there doesn’t seem to be a push for another top starter or reliever, Drew is one free agent the Yankees are at least weighing, according to people familiar with their thinking.

The Yankees have spent $470 million already this winter, but there doesn’t appear to be a precise limit now that the luxury tax threshold has already been surpassed — and that’s very likely especially true when it comes to Red Sox players. Although the Yankees apparently aren’t quite a bottomless pit of cash, a possible run at Drew “depends on the price” according to a person familiar with their thinking.

The Yankees infield is the team’s major concern after their signing of Tanaka. After losing second baseman Robinson Cano in free agency, the Yankees are counting on the newly signed Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson to man second and third base, respectively. Derek Jeter, who was hurt for much of last season, has been penciled in at shortstop.

Drew hit .253 with 13 homers, 67 RBI, and a .777 OPS last season with the Boston Red Sox.

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6 comments
OK
OK

Three reasons nobody should sign Stephen Drew:

1. He's a walking injury waiting to happen;

2. He's never lived up to his potential; and,

3. He's a Drew and, like his brother, J.D., is a punk.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Tanaka was a worthwhile risk. Even though he pitched the Japan league, his "stuff" can carry over to the MLB. The Yankee's going after Drew is only worthwhile at a respectable cost. He is a essentially a .250 hitter with no power but makes up for it with his fielding. Meh. If he signs with NY from the Red Sox he'll join a long line of players who pretty much pissed on the Red Sox fanbase and joined the arch rival.

SteveEhrlich
SteveEhrlich

All he did was get one big hit after another last year for the Red Sox during the stretch run. He's not his brother by any stretch. He's a much better clutch player and the Yankees would have to be crazy not to sign him as shaky as their infield is.

S.DREW
S.DREW

@MrArlington Hello I have agreed in terms with my Agent Scott Boras to play third base and short and possibly second if need be. Although I dont hit for what one would call power I play an excellent defense and right now with all due respect the Yankees need a third baseman..the other Kelly and Roberts can handle third and back up Tex as well as Beltran backing up at first if need be. we now must consider the terms of the deal and see how things go during spring training. We need more pitching at back end of roation and bull pen but I beleieve this is a championship clipper team.

Stayed tuned!

SonoraDick
SonoraDick

@MrArlington 


Not sure I agree with the "no power" statement; 13 HR for a lefty in Fenway isn't bad. Drew sure blew hot & cold last year; maybe he'll be more consistent offensively another year removed from his serious injury.