While the New York Yankees re-signed shortstop Derek Jeter to a one year, $12 million dollar contract on Friday, that doesn’t mean they’re done with the position.
They have a serious interest in Stephen Drew — it remains to be seen how mutual that interest will be, given that the intent still is for Jeter to play shortstop — and they also are interested in bringing back Brendan Ryan, acquired from the Mariners late last season.
While the Yankees would love to see 125 games out of Jeter during the 2014 season, they know it’s a strong possibility he’ll be limited so finding a competent backup is among their top offseason priority list.
As for Drew, unlike his brother J.D., he’s not known for his offensive game but rather his defensive ability which he put on display multiple times during the Boston Red Sox’s World Series run.
Boston will also have interest in bringing back Drew, who should find himself to be a somewhat hot commodity given the lack of talented shortstops around the league.