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Boston Red Sox Trade Stephen Drew to New York Yankees

July 31st, 2014 at 3:50 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have actually made a trade with one another, as Boston will send infielder Stephen Drew to the Bronx for Kelly Johnson.

Gordon Edes of broke the news:

This is the first time the two American League East foes have struck a deal since 1997 when Boston sent Mike Stanley to the Yankees.

Drew spent the first part of the season as a free agent after failing to sign with a team over the winter. Eventually Drew signed on with the Red Sox in May and has been playing shortstop for the Sox ever since.

Johnson's time with the Yankees ends as he's on the 15-day disabled list since July 23 with a groin injury. He is expected to be ready to go once his 15 days are up.

In 2014, Drew has hit to a .176 average with four homers and 11 RBI. He was much better with Boston in 2013 with 13 homers and 67 RBI while hitting to a .253 average.

While Drew's bat clearly needs some work, he is a solid defender in the infield. He is a shortstop by trade, but the Yankees won't be using him there since Derek Jeter is still on the team.

Instead, Drew could be played at second base instead of Brian Roberts, who has needed time off in recent days to get some rest on his battered body. One also has to wonder if the acquisition of Drew means Roberts is a little more hurt than the Yanks have let on.

Drew will be a free agent after this season and could very well be auditioning for Jeter's job in 2015.


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