SS Stephen Drew is currently waiting on clarity on the Yankees’ situation before deciding where to sign (Gammons, Dec. 21).
Michael Baron, ContributorThis has to do with Alex Rodriguez’s future, and what his availability next season will mean for the left side of their infield. However, the Yankees also serve as potential leverage in a negotiation with other teams for Boras, and their interest can go a long way towards maximizing Drew’s next deal.
The Mets, Twins and Red Sox continue to be talked about as the the most likely destination for Drew, according to people with knowledge of his market (Cerrone, Dec. 10).
However, Sandy Alderson recently told reporters if he were to upgrade at shortstop, it would most likely be via a trade.
In late October, industry sources predicted Drew could end up signing a three-year contract worth around $12 million per year (Sherman). However, the Red Sox appear to be the only team to offer him a deal, which is said to be for only two years (Cafardo, Nov. 10).