Earlier in the off-season, we bandied about the possibility of the New York Yankees signing Stephen Drew. While it seemed like an odd fit at the time, especially with the draft pick compensation. Agent Scott Boras said Drew is open to playing other positions in the infield. Should the Yankees revisit the situation?
The Yankees need help at third base and second base. They don’t have a real clear cut starter at either spot. It doesn’t matter that they have Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts. Roberts is injury-prone and Johnson is probably best when platooned. Depending on what Boras and Drew want, and if he’s willing to play third base for the most part, then they should, unless they plan at staying under $189 million, which as currently constructed, they are about $5 million under.
If the Yankees sign Masahiro Tanaka, something we won’t know about until next Friday more than likely, or, if they don’t, sign a pitcher like Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez, then go add Drew too. At that point, you’d be giving the Red Sox you’re third or fourth round pick. Secondly, you’re going over $189 million anyway, why not go even further to add another bat to your lineup?
Two straight seasons out of the playoffs is not something Yankees fans or brass want to see. I’m not saying if they don’t get Drew they won’t make the postseason, that would be silly, however, if they are going to go over $189 million after adding Tanaka then put all your chips on the table and get Stephen Drew too.