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Jul 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Second base

Red Sox – Dustin Pedroia

.287/.348/.426 9 HR 34 RBI

Former Red Sox – Stephen Drew

.195/.263/.396 15 HR 35 RBI

What a disaster.

The saga of Drew in Boston was a baseball soap opera that will be handed down generation to generation by Red Sox fans.

Drew, originally refused a one year deal qualifier – a rare error on market conditions by his agent Scott Boras. So Drew sat while he waited and waited. Eventually the need surfaced right back in Boston as Xander Bogaerts simply did not live up to expectations.

How bad was it?

Drew was sent to the Yankees in a rare swap between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s of baseball. The Red Sox also sent along a satchel of money and did receive Kelly Johnson in return. In New York, Drew has been moved to second base and his hitting is well below the Mendoza Line. In Boston, Drew slashed .236/.316/.417 in 573 at bats with 17 home runs and 78 RBI.

Pedroia will eventually join Pedro Martinez in the Hall of Fame and will, no doubt, be in the stratosphere of team records when he finally retires.

EDGE – Pedroia