A couple weeks back we’d heard that the Yankees were interested in Stephen Drew. That interest hasn’t faded and Jim Bowden of ESPN has reported that the Yankees are among four other teams that are “in” on Drew.
Drew is an interesting character because he’s got so many ups and downs. He’s got a lot of potential, but he’s never really lived up to it. There was one year where he had a 3.7 WAR after hitting .278/.352/.458, but for the most part he’s been more of a .265/.328/.433 line that are his career averages and was actually worse than that last year.
The Yankees would also be signing him to serve as a utility infielder, but Drew has never played a single game at any position other than shortstop. For the Yankees somebody who can play third to spell Alex Rodriguez and possibly first base as a backup for Mark Teixeira is necessary.
The Red Sox, Tigers, Cardinals, and Athletics are all also interested in Drew. If they can offer him a starting job at short, or at least a shot at a starting job, he would probably accept that position over learning how to play third and possibly second and first for the Yankees.