Last night, it came across the wire that the Yankees are among the teams interested in shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew is coming off a pretty ‘meh’ season, having hit .233/.309/.348 with a .291 wOBA and a 79 wRC+ in both Arizona and Oakland. As the MLBTR post says, Drew’s been battling a pretty bad ankle injury. Regardless, this is an opportunity the Yankees should jump on.
As with any player coming off of an injury or coming into a potential bench role, the team should aim to limit his exposure. With Derek Jeter being Derek Jeter, Drew will obviously be a back up shortstop. As a left-handed bat, he would probably play just against RHP. Despite general suckitude last year, Drew did put up a 92 wRC+ against RHP, including a solid 12.6% walk rate. For his career, Drew owns a 101 wRC+ against righty pitching. Drew’s status as a lefty batter obviously helps him get the platoon advantage, but having him would also allow the Yankees to rest Derek Jeter a little more aggressively.… Click here to read the rest