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Boston Red Sox Sign Stephen Drew, New York Yankees Fall Short

May 20th, 2014 at 2:55 PM
By Michael Moraitis

It was reported earlier on Tuesday that the New York Yankees had a renewed interest in free agent shortstop, Stephen Drew, but the Boston Red Sox have beat them to the punch.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Sox have signed Drew:

ESPN.com is reporting it's a one-year pact.

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported there were four teams still interested in Drew, with the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets joining the Red Sox and Yankees.

The Red Sox recently placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list with a fractured finger, so Drew figures to fill in for the 25-year-old in the meantime.

Drew was unable to strike a deal with any team during the offseason, which led to him being unsigned until May. After coming to terms with Boston, Drew will return to the same place he played in 2013 and was successful in winning a World Series.

Before that, Drew spent the majority of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks and briefly played for the Oakland Athletics for a part of 2012. He's a career .264 hitter and hit 13 homers and knocked in 67 runs while batting .253 in 2013. 

Had any other team signed Drew they would have forfeited a draft pick, but since he played for the Sox last season, no such is move necessary.

 

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