Yankees, Red Sox Swap Johnson For Drew

3:17pm: Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com tweets that the Yankees will pay nearly all of the nearly $5MM that remains on Drew’s deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that Drew will play second base for the Yankees.

2:46pm: WEEI’s Alex Speier tweets that New York is sending Kelly Johnson to Boston.

2:43pm: The Yankees are acquiring Stephen Drew from the Red Sox, reports ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes (Twitter link).

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

The 31-year-old Drew was linked to the Yankees for much of the offseason but elected to wait until midseason before signing a one-year deal worth the pro-rated verstion of the $14.1MM qualifying offer which he rejected. His return to Boston hasn’t gone well, as he’s slashed just .176/.255/.328 in 145 plate appearances. D

rew’s bat has picked up over the past two weeks, as he’s hit .267/.377/.511 with a pair of homers, but the overall numbers still look grim. He seems likely to see time at some combination of second base and third base, with Derek Jeter still manning shortstop. Drew is a free agent at season’s end and cannot receive a qualifying offer.

The departure of Drew will allow the Red Sox to shift Xander Bogaerts back over to shortstop, while Johnson can serve as a stopgap at third base while Will Middlebrooks heals from an injury.


Leave a Reply

124 Comments on "Yankees, Red Sox Swap Johnson For Drew"


Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

This is the funniest story I have ever seen on this site

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

for Severino, Judge, Clarkin, and the other overrated catching prospect probably

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Montero? Like.. Jesus Montero? xD

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

I’m sorry, I left my time machine running, I thought this was 2009. Please be 2009.

BitLocker
1 year 1 month ago

Sanchez. Montero was trade to mariners.

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

Where are they going to get a montero at this hour?

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

fixed, this trade has my brain melted.

EskimoJS
1 year 1 month ago

It must be a 3-team trade since that’s the only way Montero could be involved.

levendis
1 year 1 month ago

Drew is slugging .456 in last 80 PA so he’s an upgrade over whomever is at 2B, I’m okay with it.

rct
1 year 1 month ago

haha same here. I saw the headline and burst out laughing.

Spencer James
1 year 1 month ago

It just got funnier. The Yanks are paying for all of Drew’s Salary

Baseball Legend
1 year 1 month ago

Que?

hugo
1 year 1 month ago

Bye bye jeter!

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

please be fake please be fake please be fake

soxfanme2
1 year 1 month ago

From a Sox Fan, Thank you Yankee’s

TheFenwayFaithful
1 year 1 month ago

LOL I’m so speechless… If we get more then a bag of pretzels though I’ll be shocked.

redsox4434
1 year 1 month ago

Kelly Johnson…not sure if I’d rather have the bag of pretzels…

Wilsonl
1 year 1 month ago

Yankees/ Red Sox deal? Ha

Since_77
1 year 1 month ago

Well at least he is an upgarde at 2nd base. They got the most the could out of Brian Roberts.

Ace2095
1 year 1 month ago

Is this the first time they have hooked up on a trade since the late 80’s? Or am I missing something?

arctic.vampire
1 year 1 month ago

First time since 1997

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

1997 apparently

Andrew_Jackson_Pollock
1 year 1 month ago

…cornering the market on overpaid infielders who can’t hit.

amoreperfectunion
1 year 1 month ago

Thank you Mr. Cherrington, thank you dearly. Doesn’t matter what we get back… thank you.

EskimoJS
1 year 1 month ago

This is exactly what I wanted, pre-season. Now this is just worthless. But we probably gave up nothing and got a small something similar to McCarthy and Headley trades.

Bank On It
1 year 1 month ago

Lol geat deal

Mike1L
1 year 1 month ago

Oh, that just takes any joy out of my week. Why, Cashman, why?

max
1 year 1 month ago

At least he won’t have to go far since the Yankees are likely already in Boston!

1 year 1 month ago

I think I am officially done with this season. 2015 better be good Red Sox, I am not amused by this horrid behavior.

cariedmann
1 year 1 month ago

This year has been horrid, but didn’t you guys just win a World Series a season after being in last place?

1 year 1 month ago

Yes and now we’ve followed it by trading with the Yankees, sending away Lackey’s affordable contract for magic beans, and acting like cheapskates with a homegrown player when we have plenty of payroll flexibility. This is a joke.

Mike1L
1 year 1 month ago

I must be reading different posts. I think you did really well.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 1 month ago

The Red Sox did even better today than when they were able to do that deal with the Dodgers. I would kill to have Ben Cherington as the GM and John Henry as the owner of the Yankees. They blow Brian Cashman, Tweedle Hal, and Tweedle Hank away.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 1 month ago

What will you do when the Yankees sign Lester for 6/$150MM?

I don’t remember if it was you or somebody else who lectured me about how major leaguer for major leaguer trades never happen, but whomever it was, was proven wrong today.

Red Sox should have traded Lester to the Dodgers for Kemp and cash. Even if Cespedes is better than Kemp, which remains to be seen, Lester is most likely going to come back to haunt them next season.

Had they dealt him to the Dodgers, there would have been a better than 50/50 chance that they would have locked him up long-term.

As much as I am not looking forward to facing Cespedes and Craig (he and Kelly, who is going to be an affordable and effective pitcher for at least the next five years, are much better than magic beans) in Fenway this weekend, especially with a vulnerable lefty on the mount tomorrow night, I am really hoping that Drew and Prado go on a tear.

1 year 1 month ago

ML for ML trades rarely happen and never in the elaborate fashion that comes with your proposals. This trade doesn’t change that. It’s #8 hitter for #8 hitter in a move that saves the Sox about 3 million. That’s all it is.

Cespedes is basically the same as Kemp at this point. High upside, uncertain production. Kemp’s contract is a nightmare though while Cespedes’ isn’t. I don’t think anyone would pick Kemp over him besides you.

From where it stood with Lester’s agent, there appeared to be a 0% chance he’d sign an extension. Can you show me a single source that indicates otherwise?

Mike1L
1 year 1 month ago

the sox are doing just fine. I’m a Yankee fan and I’m wracked with dread….

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

They gave up Johnson for a player with a .786 OPS this month and who skipped spring training. Do i think he’ll be good, probably not, but who cares.

Frittoman626
1 year 1 month ago

The impossible has happened, a Yankees-Red Sox trade… Drew isn’t good, but he’s better than Roberts. Their infield defense now looks respectable.

1 year 1 month ago

How do you know Drew can play second base flawlessly?

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

They don’t, but they do know a good deal about roberts.

Frittoman626
1 year 1 month ago

It’s him vs Roberts. Drew >>>>> Roberts

1 year 1 month ago

Maybe. He has never played the position.

Runtime
1 year 1 month ago

I’m sure he played 2B in high school at least.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 1 month ago

If I was Joe Girardi, I would have Drew play SS, Prado play 2B, and throw Jeter out in RF, farewell tour be damned.

amoreperfectunion
1 year 1 month ago

Drew hasn’t played a single game anywhere other than SS.

Dustroia15
1 year 1 month ago

Let the curse begin…

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 1 month ago

Stephen Drew is not Babe Ruth and Kelly Johnson is not No No Nanette.

godewey
godewey
1 year 1 month ago

Sox and Yanks doing business.
Is anything that happened today real ?

Trock
1 year 1 month ago

I think is is all a dream.

Spencer James
1 year 1 month ago

A light hitting infielder replaces another light hitting infielder in Brian Roberts. At least the Yankees got younger…

Allismileo
1 year 1 month ago

(RS-Knock Knock.) Who’s there? (RS-A dead beat player with now remaining value.) Oh, well we are the Yankees, we lack any ability to make good decisions and have a ton of money. it’s JD Drew and the year is 2004, right? (RS-Sure, what ever.)

GameMusic3
1 year 1 month ago

So far they got a great value out of buy low candidates like McCarthy and Headley.

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

Ya Kelley Johnson is a whole lot to give up for drew….

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

Ya Kelley Johnson is a whole lot to give up for drew….