The New York Yankees had lots of time and lots of chances to add Stephen Drew if they thought he could help them in the infield. They continued to decline until Drew finally ended up back with the Boston Red Sox.
With the MLB Trade Deadline coming down to the wire, the Yankees have finally acquired Drew to help their infield.
Gordon Edes had the initial report, incorrect spelling be darned.
Hearing Steven Drew to the Yankees
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014
Buster Olney arrived shortly thereafter to confirm that report, cleaning things up a bit in the process.
Done deal: Stephen Drew to the Yankees, as @GordonEdes mentioned.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2014
Drew could present a marked upgrade at a number of spots for the Yankees. Objectively speaking, shortstop could be one of them, but we all know that will not happen in Derek Jeter‘s farewell season. With the recently acquired Chase Headley switch-hitting and taking most of the time at third base, that leaves some time at second base and as a utility guy for Drew.
This season has been rough for Drew thus far, likely not helped by the fact that he missed spring training while he waited to sign with a team. Perhaps a change of scenery and a different role with the Yankees will breathe life into his game.
Yes, this is an inter-division deal between these two rivals in which the Red Sox help the contending Yankees. Just how much Drew will ‘help,’ however, remains to be seen.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumblings from the baseball hot stove this trade season as Thursday’s deadline approaches.