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Stephen Drew | Shortstop

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Yankees signed INF Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5 million contract.
The deal was reported earlier this month and has now been made official. Drew will have a chance to earn an additional $1.5 million should he get to 550 plate appearances. He really struggled with a .150/.219/.271 batting over 46 games with the Yanks last season after coming over in a trade with the Red Sox. However, he's still a good defender and improvement at the plate should come in 2015. Drew will play second base for the Bombers. Jan 16 - 10:40 AM

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Stephen Drew's new one-year, $5 million contract with the Yankees includes incentives based on plate appearances.

Drew has the chance to make an additional $500,000 for reaching 450 plate appearances, another $500,000 at 500 plate appearances, and another $500,000 for reaching 550 plate appearances. He figures to begin the year as the starting second baseman, but he could be pushed out for younger talent if his struggles from 2014 carry over.
Jan 7 - 10:50 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees will re-sign Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal could be worth a total of $6-7 million if Drew hits his incentives. Drew hit only .150/.219/.271 over 46 games with the Yanks last season after coming over in a trade with the Red Sox, but he's still a good defender and notable improvement at the plate should come in 2015. He'll again play second base for New York.
Jan 6 - 9:41 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets could be interested in Stephen Drew if his asking price drops "significantly."

Puma says Drew wants "upwards of $7 million," which is less than the $9-10 million Puma's colleague, Joel Sherman, reported Drew's asking price to be last week. The veteran infielder hit a woeful .162/.237/.299 for the Red Sox and Yankees over 85 games last season, but on a one-year deal he could be a nice gamble. The Mets are currently slated to go with the defensively-challenged Wilmer Flores at shortstop.
Jan 5 - 9:53 PM

According to several interested executives who spoke with Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Stephen Drew's $9-10 million asking price for 2015 might be too high.

Teams reportedly interested in the infielder include the Yankees, Cubs, Blue Jays, A's and White Sox. Sherman wrote that "executives from a few of the interested clubs have expressed concern ... that [Drew] has entered a steep decline phase." Drew hit just .162/.237/.299 for the Red Sox and Yankees over 85 games this past season and will turn 32 years old in March. One executive went so far as to say that "there was never a time in which he looked like a major league hitter" in 2014.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 08:49:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs are among the teams showing interest in Stephen Drew.

Drew posted a dreadful .162/.237/.299 batting line in 85 games this past season for the Red Sox and Yankees, but he's drawn quite a bit of attention on the free agent market this winter. In Chicago, he could help take some of the load off the still-developing Javier Baez at second base and back up Starlin Castro at shortstop. It's not an ideal destination for fantasy purposes, but Drew would be a pretty nice fit for the Cubs.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:09:00 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros met with Stephen Drew's agent, Scott Boras, on Wednesday.

The Astros currently have underwhelming shortstop options in Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez, so it's not a surprise that there's interest in Drew. The veteran infielder hit just .162/.237/.299 across 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees last season, but the down year offensively could be due in part to the late start he got after waiting until late May to sign. Drew remains a good defender.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:25:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Stephen Drew has been "more popular" this winter than he was last offseason when it cost a draft pick to sign him.

This, even after he batted just .162/.237/.299 across 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees. However, it's not surprising that there are a host of teams willing to buy low on Drew given his good defense and the lack of draft pick compensation. Heyman lists the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A's, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins as having interest in the infielder.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 08:54:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Braves are considering Stephen Drew for their second base vacancy.

Drew hadn't played second base until a late-season trade to the Yankees last season. He certainly has more value as a shortstop, but perhaps he'll be willing to settle in at the keystone if it meant signing with Atlanta, which is three hours away from where he grew up. The Yankees, Mets and A's have also been connected to drew, though New York can probably be ruled out following their acquisition of Didi Gregorius.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers, Athletics, and possibly the Nationals could be interested in Stephen Drew.

The Nationals would use Drew at second base. Cafardo notes that Drew "is expected to receive a low base contract with heavy incentives." It's not a surprise after his down season at the plate in 2014, but he remains good defensively and it wouldn't be a surprise if he rebounded at the dish in 2015.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Stephen Drew appears to be a "fallback" option for the Yankees and Mets.

The A's have been listed as a potential landing spot for Drew, as well. The veteran shortstop is coming off a terrible 2014 campaign, having hit just .162/.237/.299 across 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees. He remains strong defensively, though, and could rebound at the plate after skipping spring training and not making his season debut until June. Sherman says that Drew, who will turn 32 in March, could wind up having to accept a one-year deal in the $4 million range. He could be a bargain at that price.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Stephen Drew went 0-for-4 as the Yankees scored nine runs Sunday against the Red Sox.

Drew didn't make any sort of case for becoming the Yankees' replacement for Derek Jeter next year. He ended up hitting .150 with four homers in 140 at-bats for the Bombers after coming in at .176 with four homers in 131 at-bats for the Red Sox. He'll become a free agent after the World Series. At least he won't have to worry about getting a qualifying offer this time around.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Stephen Drew drove in two runs with a ground rule double and drew a walk Saturday against the Yankees.

Believe it or not, Drew has actually been worse with the Yankees than he was with the Red Sox this season. Even with Saturday's double, he's hitting just .154 (21-for-136) with three home runs and 15 RBI over 45 games with New York. Drew (and his agent Scott Boras) gambled by sitting out until late May before signing, but it didn't pay off.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 04:24:00 PM

Stephen Drew had four trips to the plate, drawing a walk and hitting his first home run as a Yankee in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

Drew tied the game at 1-1 when he slugged a home run to right-center in the fourth inning off of Scott Feldman. He has five on the season. Offensive success has been elusive for the shortstop. He's slashing .173/.246/.319 on the year, including his time with the Red Sox.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:54:00 PM

Stephen Drew had a nice night at the dish in Sunday’s victory over the Red Sox, going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

Even with the strong night at the plate, he’s still slashing an unthinkable .183/.266/.338 on the season. He is playing a fine defensive second base though, and now that his bat has started to heat up a bit he looks like a nice upgrade over Brian Roberts.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 11:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Stephen Drew
2Robert Refsnyder
3Nick Noonan
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
3Slade Heathcott
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Tyler Austin
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3Nathan Eovaldi
4Chris Capuano
5CC Sabathia
6Ivan Nova
7Domingo German
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3David Carpenter
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Chasen Shreve
7Bryan Mitchell
8Chase Whitley
9Esmil Rogers
10Branden Pinder
11Chris Martin
12Daniel Burawa
13Jose De Paula