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Stephen Drew | Shortstop

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Stephen Drew went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI against the Phillies on Friday.
Drew's bat had showed signs of coming around in recent days, but this is still his first multihit game of the spring. Overall, he's hitting .231/.302/.359 in 39 at-bats. Mar 27 - 5:01 PM

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Stephen Drew went 0-for-3 on Sunday and has collected just two singles in 19 at-bats this spring.

The Yankees won't give up on Drew before the season even starts, but one imagines they won't be all that patient with him if he continues to he remains a sub-.200 hitter well into April. He finished last yer at .162 in 271 at-bats.
Mar 15 - 3:51 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Tuesday that his plan is for Stephen Drew to be the regular second baseman.

That was the assumption after the Yankees brought Drew back on a one-year, $5 million deal this offseason, but it's now official. Of course, Drew hit just .162/.237/.299 across 300 plate appearances last season, so things could change if he struggles again. Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela are among the in-house alternatives.
Mar 10 - 9:21 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3John Ryan Murphy
4Juan Graterol
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Stephen Drew
2Robert Refsnyder
3Nick Noonan
4Cole Figueroa
5Jonathan Galvez
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Slade Heathcott
RF1Carlos Beltran
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2CC Sabathia
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Chris Capuano
6Scott Baker
7Ivan Nova
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3David Carpenter
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Chasen Shreve
7Bryan Mitchell
8Chris Martin
9Esmil Rogers
10Diego Moreno
11Jacob Lindgren
12Andrew Bailey