Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com broke the news:
confirmed: Stephen Drew to Yankees
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014
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.
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) July 31, 2014
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.
Confirmed @GordonEdes report of yanks getting drew for kelly johnson. Teammates surprised, expected upgrades to come elsewhere
— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) July 31, 2014
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.
Cashman said Drew will play 2B and Prado will "see time" in the OF. Said Girardi will rely on players being flexible.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 31, 2014
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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