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.