According to Peter Gammons, Stephen Drew is “awaiting some further Yankee clarity.” What does this mean? I assume it means that the Yankees have expressed significant interest in Stephen Drew, and are waiting to hear about the Alex Rodriguez suspension before they make a deal. The Rodriguez decision should be coming within the next couple of weeks, and regardless of Drew’s intentions to sign with the Yankees, having the team with the biggest pocketbook involved in the bidding should help him raise his demands.
If Rodriguez is suspended, Drew isn’t exactly a perfect fit. Drew has never played another position outside of shortstop in the major or minor leagues. Moving from shortstop to third base or even second base isn’t the hardest maneuver in baseball, but there is risk there. Simply, the Yankees need depth in the infield. With Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson signed, the team could use a little more offense in the lineup, and Drew offers a left-handed swing that could work very well in Yankee Stadium.