Stephen Drew going to New York Yankees with a US$ 5 million
A person close MLB sources told that infielder Stephen Drew and MLB team New York Yankees are talking to finalize a US$ 5 million, 1 year deal. The deal also carries performance bonuses. Yes, you read it right, Stephen is returning to New York Yankees on a 1 year deal worth US$ 5 million plus up to US $1.5 million in incentives, said several reports.
After securing Didi Gregorius (shortstop) from Arizona Diamondbacks earlier during the off-season, the NY Yankees would probably use Stephen at 2nd base when Didi takes over for Derek Jeter.
Drew, last season, had been against signing as a 2nd baseman and he waited till May to sign with Red Sox for a US$ 10 million 1 year contract.
He took at shortstop and Red Sox moved hot-hitting Xander Bogaerts to 3rd base, and this is where his .397 on-base percentage went down.
Ben Cherington, the Red Sox general manager, later said that this move did not work out the way they wanted this to do. Stephen hit .176 with Boston Red Sox, was traded to New York Yankees on 31st July and hit .150 in NY.
The 1 year contract could work for him should he have a bounce-back year as well as prove himself to be quite a reliable hitter against right handed pitching, as he was in regular season 2013. The thirty one year old has not played in a full Major League Baseball season since the year 2010.