Jul 28, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) reacts after bobbling a ground ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox trade Stephen Drew to rival Yankees

In a rare trade with their bitter rival, the Red Sox have agreed to trade Stephen Drew to the Yankees for Kelly Johnson. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was the first to report the deal.

The trade, while not exactly a blockbuster, is significant. It’s the first time the two teams have completed a trade since the Sox sent Mike Stanley to the Yankees for Tony Armas Jr. in 1997.

Drew, who signed in late May for about $10 million after turning down the Sox $14.1 million qualifying offer in the offseason, has had a disappointing two months in Boston.

While his defense has been excellent as always, Drew has drawn the ire of fans with his offense. He heads to New York with a .176 average, 4 home runs and 11 RBI.

Drew follows Jake Peavy, Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey and Andrew Miller out of Boston, as Ben Cherington continues to make moves to retool the roster for 2015.

Once the Sox were out of contention, moving Drew made sense so that Will Middlebrooks can make his return to the big league club. Xander Bogaerts will shift back to shortstop.

As for Kelly Johnson, it’s unclear what his role will be here in Boston and there’s a chance that he is designated for assignment.

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