Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) turns a double play over St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) during the third inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Considering a Run at Stephen Drew

Surprise, surprise. According to Jon Heyman at CBS Sports, the New York Yankees are reconsidering making a play for former Red Sox shortstop, Stephen Drew. Drew hit .253 with 13 homers en route to Boston’s World Series victory.

This all comes in the wake of the Yankees signing prized Japanese right-hander, Masahiro Tanaka to the largest contract ever rewarded to a right-handed free agent. With their one-time hope of staying under the luxury tax threshold now seemingly impossible, a run at Drew would even make some sense, as New York brass may now figure to “go big or go home”. Having already committed upwards of $471 Million to free agents, the Yankees could look to deal another blow to Boston’s up the middle defense.

Contrary to these reports,  ESPN’s Buster Olney said on Wednesday that the Yankees were likely done spending big on the free agent market. This probably leaves the window open if and only if the 30-year-old shortstop’s asking price falls to a point where the Yankees would be happy making a deal.

The Red Sox, of course, have expressed some interest in re-signing the left-handed batter, albeit at their price. The Sox have no real need for Drew given the presence of Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts and the plethora of talented infielders in Boston’s minor league system. Should the Red Sox lose Drew to New York, or anyone for that matter, Boston stands to receive the second to last pick in Compensation Round A in the 2014 MLB draft.

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  • Harry Baxter

    Seriously, Harry; this story has been going around since the end of last season. The Sox have NO interest in re-signing Drew, and only tendered him an offer so that they could collect a prospect if any team was dumb enough to sign this often-injured ordinary Shortstop. The Yankees might be dumb enough to bite, because their entire infield is a disaster, but with Bogaerts at SS, the Sox infield won’t suffer in any way.
    Do you get newspapers or are you able to access the internet in New Hampshire?

    • Harry Burnham

      The point here isn’t about the news story having been around since the end of the season, obviously everyone is aware of that. The point is that with the $189 million tax threshold out of the way, the Yankees are more inclined to become serious players for Drew.
      I think it’s bold and presumptuous to say they have ‘NO interest’. Don’t forget that Boston also has to contend with the question mark that is Will Middlebrooks and therefore may think that re-signing Drew and shifting Bogaerts over to third may be a safer course of action. I’ll grant you that Boston probably does value the draft pick more, however if Drew’s price falls enough, it could be in the cards.
      I’m also unsure if Drew is either oft-injured or just plain ordinary. In his one season in Boston he tacked up a 3.1 WAR and even in 2011, when he broke his ankle he still put up 1.9 Wins. As far as oft-injured goes, sure he missed time with a concussion and three weeks with a hamstring issue, but before that gruesome ankle break he had still played around 140 games each year and saw action in 124 this past season.