Dec. 17: Stephen Drew agrees to one-year deal: Shortstop Stephen Drew, the brother of former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, agreed to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million, a move that signaled perhaps the Red Sox are not ready for prospect Jose Iglesias to be the full-time shortstop.
Wrote Nick Cafardo on the signing: “Drew was once a very productive offensive player but a broken ankle and the recovery from that slowed him last season when the long-time Diamondback was traded to the Oakland A’s. The A’s did try to retain him, but not at that price.”
After the Sox officially announced the signing, Drew said he should not be compared to his brother.
“I don’t really throw my helmet off [or] throw my bat. You don’t see that,” Drew said. “There’s times you get frustrated. But at the end of the day me and J.D. are a little different. I think I share my emotion. I’ve always been geared to play the game. I love to play the game. I respect J.D. I think I look up to him a lot and learned things from him that have always been with me. But at the same time, we’re totally different players.”