UPDATE, 1/24 – 9:12 AM:
Last night’s report from Jon Heyman that the Yankees were “at least weighing” a run at Stephen Drew seemed a bit odd.
This morning, both Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal are shooting down the notion that the Yankees are interested in Drew:
What Olney and Rosenthal are saying jives with what we’ve been hearing all along.
Again, never count out what Scott Boras can accomplish or what the gluttonous Yankees will do. However, unless the Yankees are prepared to blow away the field for Drew, it doesn’t seem like he’ll wind up there.
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
"There has been a thought the Yankees might be willing to keep spending after landing star Japanese free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. But while there doesn’t seem to be a push for another top starter or reliever, Drew is one free agent the Yankees are at least weighing, according to people familiar with their thinking.The Yankees have spent $470 million already this winter, but there doesn’t appear to be a precise limit now that the luxury tax threshhold has already been surpassed — and that’s very likely especially true when it comes to Red Sox players. Although the Yankees apparently aren’t quite a bottomless pit of cash, a possible run at Drew “depends on the price” according to a person familiar with their thinking."
It was reported after the Yankees signed Tanaka that they were done making major acquisitions. If they’re interested in Drew, that flies in the face of that report.
The Yankees’ reported interest in Drew could be something that’s being planted by Scott Boras in an effort to drum up interest for Drew, or it could be something the Yankees are actually considering. In Heyman’s report, he notes that the team may no longer care how much they spend since they’ve already crossed the luxury tax threshold.
Parsing Heyman’s words, it doesn’t scream that the Yankees are about to put on the full court press for Drew, nor does it seem that money will be no object when it comes to them potentially signing him.
Heyman’s source is also someone “familiar with the team’s thinking,” not a Yankees source.
Stranger things have happened and nothing can ever be ruled out when it comes to Scott Boras or the Yankees, but it doesn’t seem like Drew to the Yankees is something that has a high probability of happening.
For one, Drew would be signing there knowing that he has to change positions. Secondly, he’d be choosing the Yankees with the knowledge that he might have to fight for playing time.
If the Yankees (or any club) offers Drew three years, he’ll probably agree to sign with that club. However, I just don’t see that happening.
If his market remains scarce and interested clubs are offering the same average annual value, Drew would be wise to choose a two year deal that comes his way (if it does) that guarantees he’ll be able to remain at shortstop.