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Red Sox announce signing of Stephen Drew

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 26, 2012 02:07 PM

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The Red Sox today announced the signing of shortstop Stephen Drew, who last week agreed on a one-year deal worth $9.5 million.

Drew, who turns 30 in March, hit .223 with a .657 OPS in 79 games for Arizona and Oakland last season. He hit .270 with a .773 OPS in the six seasons prior for the Diamondbacks.

Drew suffered a severe fracture of his right ankle on July 20, 2011 while sliding into home during a game against Milwaukee. He did not return until June 27, 2012. Drew hit .193 in 40 games for Arizona before being traded.

Drew ranks fourth among all Major League shortstops over the last five seasons with a .441 slugging percentage and fifth with a .770 OPS (min. 1,500 plate appearances).

He is a .265 career hitter with 181 doubles, 52 triples, 77 home runs, 349 RBI, 414 runs, 293 walks, and 34 stolen bases. The lefthanded hitter has finished with the second-most triples in the National League on three occasions and his 41 triples since 2008 rank sixth in the majors. His 52 career triples are an Arizona franchise record.

In 2008, Drew became the third shortstop in Major League history to collect at least 40 doubles (44), 10 triples (11) and 20 home runs (21) in a season, joining Nomar Garciaparra (Boston, 1997) and Hall of Famer Robin Yount (Milwaukee, 1980 and 1982).

All 792 of his career appearances in the field have come at shortstop. His 72 errors are third-fewest among active shortstops with at least 3,000 total chances.

He is the younger brother of former Red Sox outfielder and 14-year Major League veteran J.D. Drew. The younger Drew will wear No. 7, just as J.D. did with the Red Sox. His older brother Tim also pitched for parts of five seasons in the majors.

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