Sep 13, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35) throws to first base during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees re-sign Brendan Ryan, still looking at Stephen Drew


The New York Yankees know that having Derek Jeter for a full season isn’t likely, so they’re doing what they can to reinforce the position.

Returning will be Brendan Ryan, who the team re-signed to an unspecified contract today:

Brendan Ryan, who will provide insurance for shortstop Derek Jeter, has a deal with the Yankees, sources say.

Despite the re-signing of Ryan, the Yankees know that likely won’t be enough as the shortstop, while extremely talented defensively is a liability on offense. That has lead them to continue a pursuit of Stephen Drew, who recently declined a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox.

With such a thin shortstop market, Drew is hoping to cash in on a long term deal and the Yankees have been long interested. Of course, with a hefty price tag comes the fact that any team signing Drew will have to forfeit a draft pick in compensation to the Red Sox, so that has lowered his market interest – something the Yankees hope will play into their favor.

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