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Stephen Drew (2B,SS)

New York Yankees

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Wed, Mar 4th 3:52pm EST

Stephen Drew is in a battle for the starting second baseman job, but started with a listless 0-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Drew was woeful in 2014, only posting a .536 OPS between the Yankees and Red Sox, but many are optimistic that his poor season was a result of a late start to the season. Contract disputes led to his season not starting until June 2nd and Drew never really got going. There is hope for the veteran, as he had an OPS of .777 in 2013 and twice has had an OPS over .800 in a season. He will battle Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder for the starting job at second and is the presumed starter, if for no other reason that his stellar defensive play. He did have an error in the game as well, so Drew needs to show better form to solidify the Yankees at second. He is not worth a roster spot as is, but could be worth while as a streaming option.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Tue, Jan 6th 10:26pm EST

According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees have a deal in place with Stephen Drew for one year and $5 million and incentives will bring it up to $6 or $7 million. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Earlier today there was speculation that Drew would resign with New York and tonight's action verifies the speculation. Drew struggled in 46 games with the Yankees after a trade deadline deal brought him to New York from the Red Sox, but he has a career .747 OPS and four times has had an OPS+ over 100. If Drew can contribute 45 extra base hits, something he has done in four of his nine MLB seasons, he can be a valuable option in 2B/SS or IF roles.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Tue, Jan 6th 3:19pm EST

Although Jon Heyman says that the Yankees like Robert Refsynder and Jose Pirela in their second base battle right now, they are still monitoring Stephen Drew. They will wait for his price per year to drop below $7 million before negotiating. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drew was acquired by the Yankees from the Red Sox at the trade deadline last year and was dismal for the Yankees, hitting only .150 in 46 games with only 11 extra base hits. Drew held out for a multi-year contract last winter after posting a .777 OPS with the Red Sox in 2013 with Gold Glove caliber defense. He signed a one year deal with the Red Sox and lost all fantasy value, as he struggled to a .162/.237/.299 slash in 2014. Drew has a career .742 OPS, which would make him a decent option as a 2B/SS or to stream if there were an injury, but his inconsistent performance and reluctance to sign a short-term contract make him unworthy of a fantasy roster spot.

Stephen Drew News & Advice

news | Mar 4th, 10:42pm
Stephen Drew accepted the challenge of learning a new position on the fly last season, instantly becoming a second baseman in the Yankees' eyes when he dropped his bags in the clubhouse. He's hoping that a full spring will allow him to finish that transition.