Stephen Drew was lost in 2014. After rejecting a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox after the 2013 season in order to be a free agent, he was expecting to get a long-term deal.
The problem? No one signed him and the 31-year-old shortstop ended up re-signing with the Red Sox on May 21. He also ended up having the worst season of his career.
Drew hit .176 in Boston with four home runs and 11 RBI. He was dropped by the Red Sox at the trade deadline and handed over to the New York Yankees in exchange for Kelly Johnson. The Red Sox were obviously not happy with his production, or lack there of, at the plate.
Still a competent defensive infielder, the Yankees took a chance on Drew who had a .265 batting average during his six and a half seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
However, things continued to slide downhill for the shortstop. He hit .150 for the Yankees and .162 on the year with a total of seven home runs and 26 RBI in a total of 85 games between the two teams.
Now the Yankees have reportedly re-signed Drew. Not to play shortstop, they traded for former Arizona Diamondback, Didi Gregorious to take over for Derek Jeter, but to play second base.
yankees will have deal with stephen drew. deal expected to come in at about $5M plus incentives to bring it to $6-7M.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 7, 2015
In a way, it makes some sense. There are not a lot of infielders, actually there are not any infielders still on the free agent market since the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera by the Tampa Bay Rays. With infielders in demand right now I can see how signing Drew to a one-year deal to takeover at second base makes sense.
Still the amount of the contract is what interests me. Signing Drew for $5 million plus incentives that could take the contract up to $7 million seems excessive for a guy who hit .162 and has only played 34 games in his career at second base.
I’m not sure exactly what the Yankees are thinking with a super utility man like Ben Zobrist on the trade market now that the Rays have signed Cabrera.
It leaves me wondering what the Yankees are trying to do? I know they are trying to rebuild a bit and become a younger team. Sure, it’s only for one year and they can look at next year’s crop of infielders or perhaps the Yankees plan to turn over second base over to rookies Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela, should they excel and Drew fail.
Still facts as of now are that Stephen Drew is the Yankees new second baseman and they will be paying him $5 million to hopefully hit over .162. I can imagine that Yankees fans are not pleased.
Still an argument can be made that Drew’s defensive skills are still strong and that he can make a comeback from his last couple of seasons at the plate.
It just seems like an odd signing and a large amount for a player that hasn’t produced offensively since 2012.