Thursday, July 31, 2014

File this one under "trades that I didn't think would happen today."

The Yankees have acquired shortstop Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox, reports ESPN Boston's Goron Edes. According to Alex Spieder, third baseman Kelly Johnson, who is currently on the disabled list with a strained left groin, will be heading to the Red Sox in he first trade between Boston and New York since 1997.

With the team's biggest needs being in the starting rotation as well as right field, this is certainly a move that nobody saw coming.

This is, however, both a good and bad thing for the Yankees. While they finally get an upgrade for Brian Roberts at second base, -- I'm assuming he'll be playing there because, if you didn't know, Derek Jeter has not retired yet -- Drew now blocks Rob Refsnyder from a potential call-up this season.

Drew was re-signed by the Red Sox to a one-year deal back in May, and hasn't been that great in 39 games he's played with Boston this season. To this point, he's hitting .176 with four homeruns and 11 RBIs in 131 at-bats.

Drew was the fourth member of the Red Sox to be dealt ahead of today's non-waiver trade deadline, joining Jon Lester, John Lackey and Andrew Miller, who were all moved during Boston's very quick fire sale.

And when you really look at it, this was another potentially move by Brian Cashman, who just upgraded his infield by trading away a guy on the DL.


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