Stephen Drew can’t catch a break.
Only three days after a report surfaced that the free agent shortstop might be willing to accept a one-year deal from the Tigers, who have lost former Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias for the season with shin fractures, Detroit acquired 37-year-old Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles to fill the void.
Baltimore received infielder Steve Lombardozzi in return.
Gonzalez, another former Boston infielder, has a .246 average with six major league teams. He was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins.
He agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract and has a .429 batting average during spring training.
For Drew, it was the latest incident as he seeks a job after turning down Boston’s $14 million qualifying offer last November. According to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press, Drew was still seeking that amount from the Tigers, even in he wake of Detroit having acquired shortstop Andrew Romine last week from the Los Angeles Angels. In signing Drew, the Tigers would have also had to surrender a first-round draft pick to Boston.
Drew hit .253 with 13 home runs for the Red Sox last season. While his glove kept him in the postseason lineup, he batted only .105 for the World Series champions over three playoff series.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.