Yesterday, we discussed what the Yankees could expect from Brian McCann as he begins his sophomore season with the Bronx Bombers. Today we move to second base and discuss what the Yankees can expect from Stephen Drew, who is coming off a poor season with the Yankees and Red Sox.
When Stephen Drew declined the Boston Red Sox qualifying offer following the 2013 season, he and his agent Scott Boras believed he was going to get a big contract on the free agent market. The big deal for Drew never came and instead he was forced to miss Spring Training, April and the first half of May. The Red Sox eventually signed Drew and he made his 2014 debut in mid-May, but he wasn’t the player the Red Sox expected him to be. At the trade deadline, the Yankees and Red Sox became business partners, the Yankees sending Kelly Johnson to Boston and the Yankees acquiring Drew. With Drew as a Yankee, the Yankees finally had an option at second base, following Brian Roberts being designated for assignment after he didn’t meet expectations.
Drew never got on a huge roll, ending the season with a .162/.237/.299 with 7 HR’s and 26 RBI’s. Drew’s 2014 numbers were a far cry from his 2013 numbers where he went .253/.333/.443 with 13 HR’s and 67 RBI’s with the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Many were surprised the Yankees once again took a chance on Drew, signing him to a one-year, $5 Million deal but the truth of the matter is, Drew possibly can’t play any worse than he did last year. Plus, he plays a tremendous infield, which will ultimately save a few runs.
So what are the Yankees expecting from Drew this season?
The Yankees are hoping the Stephen Drew of 2013 makes a comeback since he is slated to be the starting second basemen coming into camp. Drew has always been a Gold Glove-type second basemen, but the Yankees need his offense as well. Maybe the Yankees took a chance on Drew due to him not having a full season last year. Maybe with March, April and May under Drew’s belt, he’ll have a far more productive year. The Yankees are crossing their fingers, because Drew is one of the many storylines that will unfold as the 2015 season gets underway.