Source: Drew, Yankees closing in on $5 million, 1-year deal
JAN 6, 11:53p ET | AP
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 10:24a ET
News: Drew will be the team's starting second baseman this season, ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Drew re-signed with the Yankees on a one year deal, but with prospects Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder impressing in the lower ranks, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that he'd be the Opening Day starter. Last season was the worst of his career, as he slashed just .162/.237/.299 splitting time with the Red Sox and Yankees. Given his struggles, manager Joe Girardi acknowledged "if anyone were to struggle, we would probably make a change," so either Pirela or Refsnyder could be candidates to replace Drew at some point this season.
StatsLLC: Jan 17 / 12:00a ET
News: Drew and the Yankees have finalized a $5 million, one-year contract, a deal that puts him in position to become New York's starting second baseman.
Impact: Drew, who turns 32 in March, was acquired by the Yankees from Boston on July 31. He hit .150 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 155 plate appearances for New York while making 34 appearances at second base and 12 at shortstop as a backup to Derek Jeter.
Rotowire: Jan 6 / 7:04p ET
News: Drew has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Yankees, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Impact: The deal will be worth close to $5 million, with incentives that could bring it up to $7 million. Prior to the deal to bring back Drew, the Yankees were probably looking at Robert Refsnyder being the starting second baseman, so it is understandable that the Yankees wanted to add some depth at the keystone. Drew will also be able to play some shortstop, but Didi Gregorious figures to get the majority of the work there. Last season was a disaster for Drew, as he was unable to sign with a team before the start of the season, and ended up posting a .162 average with seven home runs in 300 plate appearances. However, a lot of that was bad luck, as he posted a .194 BABIP. His batting average should rebound closer to his .256 career average, but he is unlikely to add much in terms of counting stats.