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Stephen Drew Drawing Interest from New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers

November 21st, 2012 at 8:29 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing interest from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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While the Red Sox and Tigers are looking at Drew as a possible starter at shortstop, the Yankees are showing interest in the 29 year-old veteran as a utility player. The Oakland Athletics, who acquired Drew before last season's trade deadline, are also interested in resigning him. 

Drew hit .223 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 79 games last year. He played the first six and a half years of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks before being sent to the Athletics for the second half of last season. 

His best season came in 2008 when he hit .291 with a career-high 21 home runs and 67 RBI. He has produced a double digit home run total in four of his seven seasons. 

Though Drew has only played shortstop in the Majors, the Yankees think he could fill the role as a utility infielder. Jayson Nix filled that role for the Yankees for the majority of last season after Eduardo Nunez lost the job because of too many fielding errors. 

Drew is coming off a bad year, which makes him a good fit for the Yankees because he might be willing to take a one-year deal to increase his market value. The Yankees are looking to fill out their roster with one-year deals in hopes of lowering the team's payroll to $189 million by 2014.

However, if Drew is looking for a one-year deal to boost his value, he could also be looking for the team offering the most playing time so he can produce. The Yankees, with Derek Jeter at shortstop, will not be that team. 

Tags: Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Stephen Drew

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