If you thought the Red Sox were done dealing after shipping out Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, and Andrew Miller… you’d be wrong.
Say goodbye to embattled shortstop Stephen Drew.
The Red Sox have confirmed that Drew is heading to the Yankees… or to the visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway, where the Yankees will suit up to play the Red Sox this weekend.
Drew left the Red Sox to become a free agent after he turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer after the 2013 season.
Drew remained unsigned until the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $10 million prorated deal with him on May 20. The move pushed rookie Xander Bogaerts over to third base, and Bogaerts has struggled both offensively and defensively since the move to the hot corner.
Source: Yankees assume “almost all” of remaining Drew money. He had about $5 million remaining.
— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) July 31, 2014
Drew played in 39 games in his second stint with the Sox this season. He batted .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs.
Infielder Kelly Johnson is coming to Boston in exchange for Drew.
The 32-year-old Johnson played in 77 games for the Yankees this season, batting .219 with six homers and 22 RBIs. He has played multiple infield positions for the Yankees in 2014: third base (41 games), first base (27), left field (3), second base (1), and right field (1). The lefthanded-hitting Johnson is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
A nine-year major league veteran, Johnson has hit .251 with 200 doubles, 40 triples, 130 home runs, 464 RBI, 81 stolen bases, and 462 walks in 1,128 career games between the Braves (2005, 2007-09), Diamondbacks (2010-11), Blue Jays (2011-12), Rays (2013), and Yankees (2014). Johnson has hit at least 16 home runs in five different seasons, including a career-high 26 homers in 2010. Between the Braves (2005) and Rays (2013), he has appeared in six postseason games.
This is the first trade between the Red Sox and Yankees since August 13, 1997. On that day, the Sox sent catcher Mike Stanley and minor leaguer Randy Brown to the Bombers in exchange for pitcher Tony Armas Jr. and a player to be named later which turned out to be Jim Mecir.
Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was the first to report the Drew deal.