Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
To date, there have been very little meaningful reports connecting the Yankees to free-agent SS Stephen Drew, who most experts expect to either end up with the Mets or Red Sox.
However, Yankees SS Derek Jeter said yesterday he will retire after this season. So, I wonder if this means the Yankees will have more interest in Drew than they did prior to Jeter’s announcement?
The way I understand it, Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, has been in regular contact with the Yankees, Mets, Twins, Red Sox and Astros, and I’m sure a few other teams as well.
The Red Sox have limited interest, and do not want to give him a long-term deal, according to reports. Sandy Alderson seems to hold a similar view, though Drew clearly fits in better with the Mets, who need a starting shortstop.
The Yankees have Jeter, but not for long. The reporting has been that Drew wants to play every day, he will consider being a utility guy, but would prefer a starting gig, especially if he ends up signing a one-year deal and has to test the market again in a year. However, in the Bronx, he could play second, third and spot Jeter in 2014, then take over shortstop full time 2015… assuming the Yankees are interested.