Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew hits a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Cashman: Yankees Will Not Sign Stephen Drew

According to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, via Peter Gammons on Twitter, the club will not be signing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.

There had been some reports connecting the Yankees to Drew, mainly before Rakuten of the Japanese League decided to post starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

With the Yankees set to go all out for Tanaka (which will mean blowing past the luxury tax threshold if they sign him), making a play for Drew seemed highly unlikely.  Now, Cashman has confirmed that the Yankees won’t be signing Drew.

Thoughts:

Drew to the Yankees never made much sense.

The club has shortstops Derek Jeter and Brendan Ryan under contract, so Drew (who has only played shortstop during his career), would’ve had to learn a new position if he signed with the Yankees.

Additionally, the Alex Rodriguez saga is still ongoing, so there may not even have been a spot for Drew to play.  At the moment, Rodriguez is the third baseman and Brian Roberts is the second baseman.

What’s odd here, is that Cashman essentially did the Red Sox a favor by stating publicly that the Yankees won’t be signing Drew.

With the Yankees definitely out, the Red Sox (and Mets for that matter) can hold firm knowing that Cashman won’t be swooping in.

It was reported by Marc Carig two days ago that the Mets are still in contact with Scott Boras, who represents Drew.

In Carig’s report, a source likened the Mets’ pursuit of Drew to their pursuit of Michael Bourn last year.  The Mets made a serious bid for Bourn, but weren’t ready to commit due to the uncertainty surrounding the potential forfeiture of their first round draft pick.

With the Yankees officially out on Drew, a union with the Mets probably just got a little more likely.  As has been stated numerous times, the Red Sox have yet to make an official offer to Drew, and are telling people in the industry that they don’t see any reason to offer Drew more than one year.

It appears that unless another team jumps in, the Mets may be able to land Drew on a two year deal.  It’s not clear how serious the Mets are about signing Drew, but the recent developments with the Red Sox and Yankees have put them in a favorable negotiating position.

 

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