According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees are shifting their attention to shortstop Stephen Drew as their next potential free agent signing. Drew is coming off of a solid season for the Boston Red Sox, in which he helped them win a World Series. His offense certainly leaves something to be desired, but he’s known for his defense and would be a nice addition for the Yankees.
Drew played in 124 games with the Boston Red Sox last year, finishing with a .253 batting average to go along with 13 homers and 67 RBI’s. His offense certainly isn’t great, but he isn’t worthless with his bat either. Defensively he is one of the top shortstops in the game, and will be a very nice addition to help with the middle infield problems and injuries this year, should they end up signing him.
The Yankees had interest in Drew earlier this offseason, but they decided not to pursue him at that time because they didn’t want to go over the luxury tax threshold. New York went over the threshold with the signing of Masahiro Tanaka earlier this week.
New York is making it obvious that they want to compete in the American League this season, and are looking to make as many moves as possible this offseason. The Yankees have signed Brian Roberts, Carlos Beltran, and Jacoby Ellsbury so far this offseason, and are looking to make at least one more move. Needless to say, this years Yankees team is going to be much more competitive than last years team.