Via John Tomase: Stephen Drew passed on an offer from the Yankees and took less money to sign with the Red Sox this past offseason. Tomase indicates New York made the infielder the same one-year, $12M offer they gave Kevin Youkilis. Drew eventually signed a one-year deal worth $9.5M with Boston.
“The Yankees wanted me to go play third, play a role, go to short, second, whatever,” said Drew. “First of all, I haven’t been a platoon player. That’s asking a lot of an everyday player to go play somewhere different. You never know how the year would pan out, but the Red Sox needed a shortstop, and for me it’s been a blessing coming over here and playing with this team that’s got a lot of life. I feel like I’m a good fit here.”
Drew, 30, is hitting .233/.313/.409 (92 wRC+) with five homers in 262 plate appearances this season. He’s currently on the DL with a hamstring problem, and he missed the start of the year with a concussion as well. Obviously Drew would have been fantastic to have around these last few months given all the injuries. Walking away from $2.5M couldn’t have been easy, but I can’t blame him for taking the full-time shortstop job over being a role player.