Heyman: Yankees interested in Stephen Drew


Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees have interest in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Although he has never played a position other than shortstop as a professional, they want to see if he’s open to a supersub role. We know the team is looking for an upgrade over Jayson Nix, specifically someone who can play short and third a combined 100 times next year.

Drew, 29, had his worst full season since his rookie year in 2012, hitting just .223/.309/.348 (79 wRC+) in 327 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and Athletics. He missed the first three months of the season recovering from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered near the end of last year. The crop of free agent shortstops is very weak, so Drew figures to draw plenty of interest as a starter. Yankee Stadium would probably boost his numbers as a left-handed hitter, but irregular playing time wouldn’t help. I’d be pleasantly surprised if Drew took a one-year, rebuild-your-value contract with New York, but I don’t think it’ll happen.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. mick taylor says:

    sign grady sizemore to a cheap contract with a second year club option. if he miraculously heals you have grandeson’s replacement in 2014

  2. steve (different one) says:

    Wait, Heyman is reporting that the Yankees have interest in Drew, a Boras client, even though it makes almost no sense for him to come here? I am shocked.

    On a serious note, it WOULD be cool, but I can’t see why he would do that when he can start for several teams.

    • Preston says:

      Yeah Heyman is Scott’s mouthpiece and Scott knows that Yankee interest drives up prices. So probably no reality to this rumor.

  3. 0-Fur is Murder says:

    And I have interest in Sofia Vergara but that don’t mean it’s happening.

  4. Donnie B says:

    Stephen Drew can get a full time job on a lot of teams(Mets,diamondbacks,Red sox,A’s, etc), I don’t see him going to the Yankees to play second fiddle to Jeter or Nunez.

  5. steve (different one) says:

    The A’s and D’Backs love to make trades with one another.

  6. Robert says:

    Its just Scott Boras trying to fleece a few more dollars out of the real team that Stephen Drew will go to!!!

  7. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    Intriguing idea – I’d love to have a Zobrist-type player on the Yankees – but most likely just the Heyman/Boras free agent pledge drive.

  8. nsalem says:

    “He missed the first three months of the season recovering from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered near the end of last year.” This quote may pertain to our shortstop which is why we want their shortstop.

  9. Preston says:

    There could be more to this than typical Heyman bs. At his age and with this serious of an injury Jeter might not be ready to play for quite a long time. Maybe the Yanks are telling Drew that he has a starting job at SS for opening day and if/when Jeter returns they’ll use him at 3B and SS with either A-Rod or Derek playing DH most days.

  10. The Real Eddard says:

    No thank you. We’ll be just fine with Chavy and Nuney. If Chavy retires what’s wrong with Nixy? He was a good player when given the opportunity and he won’t cost prospects to acquire. We’re supposed to be building for the future, not depleting it for a utility infielder.

    • Preston says:

      You realize Drew is a FA right? You also realize that you don’t trade prospects for a FA right? Do you read the posts or just troll them?

      • Mondesi says:

        Everyone needs to just stop responding to this person. Just. Stop. Let him scream his inanities out into the ether. O/S, please.

  11. smurfy says:

    He’s a free agent,and maybe it would be a call to arms. If he believes that his hitting will get better, this would be an opportunity to prove himself with a pretty good bunch, and Jete is expected to retire as ss in the next few.

  12. OldYanksFan says:

    This could be an opportunity for Drew to be the Yankees starting SS in 2014, and at worst, 2015. Wouldn’t that be worth consideration for him?

  13. benji says:

    What do you guys think of ex giant Freddy Sanchez? the could hit

    • Dave M says:

      When was the last time he was healthy for even half a season, let alone a full season? Can he play SS? Never seen him do it.

  14. Flyer7 says:

    Like idea of Drew

  15. Wayne says:

    I would sign drew to a one year contract this year temporary fix for jeter and arod who are getting old this year!

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