A report by the Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe says that the New York Yankees are once again looking at Free Agent Stephen Drew. The Yankees had shown interest in Drew during the off-season, but never seriously pursued the shortstop. Drew, who has draft pick compensation tied to him is still currently available.
Carfado reports that there are four teams interested in the former Diamondback and Red Sox. With the Yankees being one of the teams and the Tigers and Red Sox remaining in the mix, that leaves one other team. The New York Mets have looked at Drew and could be in play once again for the shortstop. As a mid-season signing, Drew could help teams with a glaring need in the infield.
"One major league source indicated the Yankees may change their thinking on whether to sign Stephen Drew (owner Hal Steinbrenner had said the Yankees didn’t need Drew) if they find Jeter can’t endure a full season at shortstop. The Yankees, according to the source, don’t want the Red Sox to get a draft pick, so they’d wait at least through the June draft so there would be no compensation."
The draft pick compensation that is tied to Drew has been a major stumbling block in negotiations with teams. But that will all change in a couple of weeks. When Major League amateur Draft gets on it's way on June 5, the first round pick that is tied to Drew will be released. Drew can then be had without teams mortgaging their future and that should expedite the signing process.
As the Yankees fight injuries and uncertainty for next season adding Drew could give them another solid infield option for this season. He could also provide a short term answer at short with the looming retirement of Derek Jeter. Drew a former number one pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks spent seven seasons in the desert. On August 20, 2012, Drew was traded to the Oakland A's. On December 7, 2012, Drew signed a one year, $9.5 million dollar deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Drew hit .253 with 67 RBI and 13 home runs in his lone season in Fenway. Drew also hit a home run in Game 6 of the World Series helping Boston win the 2013 Championship. The World Series win was the first Drew in his Major League career.
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