Rumor: Yankees show interest in Stephen Drew 52

Stephen Drew

With the $189 Million luxury tax no longer an issue, the Yankees seem to be taking a closer look at free agent Stephen Drew, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Since the Yankees landed Masahiro Tanaka and passed the luxury tax, there has been a notion the Yankees would continue to spend in order to fill the holes and put a new team on the field for the 2014 campaign. The interest in the former Red Sox shortstop comes weeks after the Yankees signed his former teammate Jacoby Ellsbury.

Aside from the bullpen, the Yankees biggest question mark is now the infield. With no Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira coming back from injuries, Drew could be the answer to the infield problems. It’s possible the Yankees could use Drew to be their everyday second basemen, or they could move Drew to shortstop if Derek Jeter’s ankle is still giving him an issue.

The Red Sox have been interested in locking up Drew for a multi-year deal, but once again could possibly lose out to the Yankees if the price is right.

In 2013, Drew hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBI, helping the Red Sox win a World Series championship.

52 thoughts on “Rumor: Yankees show interest in Stephen Drew

  • Yankees42

    They need to move Jeter to third base and sign drew at short, Then they can either platoon second base or go after phillips but try to retain gardner , Jeter is old and with the range they lost at second with Cano , Jeter now has to cover more ground as when we had Cano here he could reach range to behind second base , but now jeter just cant do it and needs to go to third for the rest of his career and Alex if he ever comes back with the yankees go to DH.

  • Yankees42

    Also with a Really much better Lineup heres what it looks like with Stephen Drew:

    1. Gardner
    2. Ellsbury
    3. Jeter
    4. Beltran
    5. Tex
    6. Mcann
    7. Soriano
    8. Drew
    9. Roberts

  • @Nightsong

    Sheesh. Just seeing that line-up "on paper," it really hits home how different the line-up will be this year. Although last year's line-up looked pretty strange most of the time too.

    So with the $189 million no longer an issue, are we looking at $16 hot dogs and $23 beers at the stadium?

  • BAJ15

    I am not so sure this is the best route. Before making a commitment, I hope the Yankee brass looks at other alternatives, like the international market; the Cuban SS Diaz could be an interesting addition with $ savings plus a less than 30 age. Drew is a nice piece, but the price is steep.

  • YankeeLifer

    I think that lineup actually shifts up one spot. I think Girardi likes Jeter in the 2 over the 3, due to his declining power. If Jeter can't get the bat going, then he can drop to 9, and Gardner takes the 1 with Ellsbury sliding to 2 (although I think that would signal that it was Jeter's last year, much like when Posada was asked to drop in the lineup). I wish we didn't have to consider feelings when planning strategy. There's no crying in baseball!
    1. Ellsbury
    2. Jeter
    3. Beltran
    4. Tex
    5. Mcann
    6. Soriano
    7. Drew
    8. Roberts
    9. Gardner

  • Juan Hernandez Jr

    Why do people and Girardi insist on batting Jeter second? He grounds into too many double plays and now coming off ankle injury will only make matters worse. My lineup would be Gardner, Beltran, Ellbury,Tex,Mcann, Soriano, Jeter,Jonnson/Nunez Roberts. It would be different if the Yanks sign Drew who would be in the two slot and Ellsbury leading off and Gardner ninth.

  • Michael

    Just a rumor, i don't think they are pursuing Drew. They need to focus on the bullpen. Imagine if the Yankees traded for Papelbon. That would make headlines.

  • Robert

    The line up should be:1.Ellsbury
    3.Beltran We can't put Drew in the line up because we don't have him yet
    4. Tex
    5. Soriano
    6. Mcann
    7. Johnson
    8. Roberts
    9. Gardner

  • Balt Yank

    The Yanks should be realistic and bat Jeter down and also at 3rd. My lineup is:

    1 Ellsbury
    2 Gardner
    3 Beltran
    4 Tex
    5 Soriano
    6 Jeter 3rd
    7 Mcann
    8 SS Dude whatever his name is
    9 Roberts / Johnson 2nd

  • Rich Bruning

    I'm a life-long Yankee fan. I grew up down there. I now live on Cape Cod so I get to see a lot of Red Sox games. I always thought it would be perfect to have Ellsbury batting lead-off for the Yankees. The next time it's the bottom of the ninth of a tie game & Ellsbury is on second, then he scores standing up on a single to left you'll think he's perfect for the Yankees too. He's an excellent base runner who reads the ball off the bat very well. He's going to change the way the Yankees win. They won't have to rely on 3-run homers all the time. Not the strongest arm, but he can really go & get the ball. The gap in left center is going to be very small with Ellsbury & Gardner out there.

  • Michael R

    Concentrate on the bullpen. Pitching wins games. I agree with batting Jeter down and him playing 3B but it won't happen. It's the image you know.

  • stoogazzo

    Why should the Yankees be interested in Stephen Drew? They have an abundance of shortstops and middle infielders in their illustrious farm system!

  • hugo

    un jugador de cuadro no les cae mal a los yankes pero estoy seguro que nesecitan mas un cerrador de experiencia , me gusta Robertson pero no creo que sea el cerrador estelar ya lo probaron una vez y no dio la talla

  • Ron Losacano

    We need drew more in the field more than at the plate. Plus, he will be reliable in the middle infield, and there's a good chance he wouldn't get hurt at all. So we need him because he is a good defender to rely on in the field and can be key in offensive situations with runners on base. I mean he did help the Red Sox win the World Series.. Didn't he??

  • Jeter#2CaptainClutch

    I have faith in the captain Derek is determined to silence the critics an have a Jeter like season I say Jeter staying at short and a cheaper option for third will be Michael Young as for second I have a feeling Brian Roberts will stick it to the orioles so my lineup would be
    1 Ellsbury
    2 Jeter
    3 Beltran
    4 Texaira
    5 Gardner
    6 McCann
    7 Nunez or (Young if the yankees where to sign him)
    8 Soriano
    9 Roberts

  • tomy cassella

    yanks had an abundance of shortstops, then why are they even thinking of getting stephen drew.?

  • tomy cassella

    if the yanks had an abundance of shortstops, then you would'nt even hear the name of stephen drew.

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