Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:24:05 -0700
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said he's confident in the team's current infield and doesn't think the team needs to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox). "I'm pretty content with our infield right now," Steinbrenner said. "I think guys like (Dean) Anna and (Yangervis) Solarte have been pleasant surprises. Kelly Johnson has been good. Derek (Jeter) is healthy. So far, so good. But it's early."
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:04:48 -0700
The New York Yankees say there is "no way" they will sign free-agent 1B Kendrys Morales (Mariners) or SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), even though they are dealing with a shortage of infielders early this season, according to a source familiar with the team's thinking. "Nobody's signing Drew or Morales, not at the money they're asking," said the source, who requested anonymity. Drew is reportedly looking for a multi-year deal worth $14 million a year, and Morales turned down "multiple contract offers" from the Seattle Mariners over the winter. The Yankees are likely to call up either INFs Russ Canzler or Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Canzler is slightly more experienced at first base than Sizemore, who has never played the position in the majors.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:11:03 -0700
Several teams are scouting free-agent 1B Kendrys Morales (Mariners) and SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), and their markets appear to be heating up. The Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers are believed to be interested in Morales. The Pittsburgh Pirates also make sense for Morales. The market is less clear on Drew, but the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have all been linked to him. However, Yankees officials say the team is "tapped out" right now.
Fantasy Tip: Both Morales and Drew are probably owned in single-universe leagues. But if you are in a deep mixed league, it wouldn't be a bad idea to stash one of them if you have the space.
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:00:19 -0700
Agent Scott Boras reportedly insists that he has a three-year, $39 million deal on the table for free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to an anonymous general manager.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:13:24 -0700
Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) is open to signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with Drew's thinking. Drew is believed to want $14 million on a one-year contract. For now, SS Andrew Romine figures to share shortstop duties with SSs Danny Worth or Hernan Perez. Drew would likely want to wait until after opening day to sign, so that there won't be compensation attached to his name when he becomes a free agent the following season.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:01:15 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) will miss four to six months with stress fractures in both of his legs. He will be re-evaluated in four months, and he'll be relegated to non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for four to six months. The Tigers may decide to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) to replace Iglesias.
Fantasy Tip: This essentially means Iglesias is done for the year, and it might affect him for the rest of his career, sadly. If Detroit doesn't trade for Drew, Steve Lombardozzi may be the biggest beneficiary of playing time on the infield, but that's unlikely.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:45:11 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) is expected to be out at least until the All-Star break with significant injuries to both of his shins. He could wind up missing the entire season, according to a baseball source. INFs Steve Lombardozzi, Danny Worth, Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez have been playing shortstop in spring games, but the team doesn't have a clear replacement on roster. Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) and Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin could be options if Detroit decides to look outside the organization.
Fantasy Tip: Terrible news for Iglesias here. Fortunately for fantasy players, he likely was left undrafted in mixed leagues, because he's a defense-first player and isn't heralded for his skills with the bat. Drew seems like a real possibility, so if you could use an upgrade at shortstop and he wasn't drafted in your league, you might want to think about scooping him up.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:56:06 -0700
The New York Mets are unlikely to sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to a source close to Drew. Drew continues to look for a multi-year deal, something the Mets haven't been interested in offering.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:34:39 -0700
With news that Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shin) could miss most or all of the regular season due to significant injuries to both shins, and no clear replacement on the current roster, the organization could turn their attention to free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox).
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:16:17 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shin) is expected to miss most of the 2014 season, according to a source close to Iglesias. The speculation is that the Tigers will pursue free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox).
Fantasy Tip: If true, Iglesias' value drops to nil. Drew would be a solid AL-only shortstop to grab and a decent middle-infielder in mixed leagues. Drew would lose some power potential due to the spacious ballpark, but depending on his spot in the lineup, he could have solid runs and RBI production.