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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rumors: Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays, Athletics, Twins interested in Stephen Drew

By on 1/28/2014 05:00:00 PM

Stephen Drew would be a good signing for many teams. He is an above average shortstop who plays solid defense and is good on the offensive side. He had drawn little interest, but interest in him is picking up significantly.
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The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays are interested in Stephen Drew, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He says that the Red Sox are "probably" the favorite right now.

In a separate report, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News says that the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins have surfaced as possibilities for Drew.

The Blue Jays, according to Heyman, are "in the mix for a lot of players right now" and are a team with "definite interest" in Drew. If they signed him, he likely would end up playing second base and that is something that he has not done at the big league level. It's an odd fit, but with the Jays looking to improve their infield, it's a possibility.

The teams who are the least likely to sign Drew appear to be the Mets and Yankees. The Mets have a hole at shortstop, but with Drew reportedly looking for around $12 million per season, the two sides don't appear to be a match.

You can never count the Yankees out on anything, but they are unlikely to be players for him. Martino was told by "league sources familiar with the Yanks' plan" that they have picked up a "strong sense" that they will not pursue Drew.

Right now, it's very likely that Drew returns to the Red Sox. Last season in Boston, he hit .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI's.

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