Red Sox Reach Agreement With Stephen Drew – One Year $9.5 Million
Drew will immediately take over at shortstop for Boston
The Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew on a one-year $9.5 million deal.
The deal includes $500,000 in performance incentives.
Iglesias possesses a major league ready glove, but has struggled offensively, hitting just .118 in 60 at-bats for Boston last year.
The Red Sox also have Pedro Ciriaco who emerged as a major leaguer in 2012, but will likely serve in a utility role in 2013.
Drew is the brother of former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew.
Drew hit .223/.309/.348 with seven homers in 327 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks and Athletics.
Injuries have limited Drew to 165 games over the past two seasons.
Drew’s best year offensively came in 2008, when he hit .291/.333/.502 and an OPS of .836 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI.
Last year SS Mike Aviles hit .250 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI for the Red Sox.
The team has shown a willingness throughout the off-season to pay higher salaries on shorter-term deals with available free agents.
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