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.

124 Responses to Yankees, Red Sox Swap Johnson For Drew Leave a Reply

  1. Karkat 1 year ago

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

    • JacobyWanKenobi 1 year ago

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

      • Karkat 1 year ago

        Montero? Like.. Jesus Montero? xD

        • JacobyWanKenobi 1 year ago

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

        • BitLocker 1 year ago

          Sanchez. Montero was trade to mariners.

      • jjs91 1 year ago

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

        • JacobyWanKenobi 1 year ago

          fixed, this trade has my brain melted.

      • EskimoJS 1 year ago

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

    • levendis 1 year 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 ago

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

    • Spencer James 1 year ago

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

  2. Baseball Legend 1 year ago


  3. hugo 1 year ago

    Bye bye jeter!

  4. JacobyWanKenobi 1 year ago

    please be fake please be fake please be fake

  5. soxfanme2 1 year ago

    From a Sox Fan, Thank you Yankee’s

    • TheFenwayFaithful 1 year ago

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

      • redsox4434 1 year ago

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

  6. Wilsonl 1 year ago

    Yankees/ Red Sox deal? Ha

  7. Since_77 1 year ago

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

  8. Ace2095 1 year ago

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

  9. Andrew_Jackson_Pollock 1 year ago

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

  10. amoreperfectunion 1 year ago

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

  11. EskimoJS 1 year 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.

  12. Bank On It 1 year ago

    Lol geat deal

  13. Mike1L 1 year ago

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

  14. max 1 year ago

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

  15. 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 ago

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

      • 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 ago

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

          • Bertin Lefkovic 1 year 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 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.

          • 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 ago

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

      • jjs91 1 year 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.

  16. Frittoman626 1 year 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.

    • How do you know Drew can play second base flawlessly?

      • jjs91 1 year ago

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

      • Frittoman626 1 year ago

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

        • Maybe. He has never played the position.

          • Runtime 1 year ago

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

          • Bertin Lefkovic 1 year 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 ago

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

  17. Dustroia15 1 year ago

    Let the curse begin…

    • Bertin Lefkovic 1 year ago

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

  18. godewey
    godewey 1 year ago

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

  19. Spencer James 1 year ago

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

  20. Allismileo 1 year 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 ago

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

    • jjs91 1 year ago

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

    • jjs91 1 year ago

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

  21. Cabro Epico 1 year ago

    Captain successor right there…

  22. levendis 1 year ago

    as long as they eat cash ill be okay with it i guess.

  23. Metsfan93 1 year ago

    Funniest part of this is Drew could’ve spent the entire season in Boston, earned a larger paycheck, then gotten traded and his goal of avoiding draft pick compensation would’ve ended up the same.

  24. Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

    Kelly Johnson is a Red Sox

  25. Ron Swanson 1 year ago

    Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

  26. Chris Vinnit 1 year ago

    Think, in 87 years we’ll all be talking about the Curse of the Drew-ino!

  27. BitLocker 1 year ago

    Is Jeter gonna get moved to the DH?

    • Bertin Lefkovic 1 year ago

      I would put him in RF. He has a stronger arm than Prado and has only played one less game at the position.

  28. bobbyo04 1 year ago

    Wow…what a day. Ben must be ready for a big drink. Let’s see what he does in next phase but getting rid of Drew made my day.

  29. bamf9 1 year ago

    Weird trade

  30. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 1 year ago

    Boston was that desperate to get rid of him that they were willing to take Kelly Johnson?

    • Victoria Roberts 1 year ago

      You saved us about 3 million dollars in a losing season.

      • Bertin Lefkovic 1 year ago

        More than that. Drew was signed for a pro-rated percentage of $14.1MM while Johnson was signed for $3MM. The savings are probably closer to $4.5MM.

        • Victoria Roberts 1 year ago

          Maybe, maybe not. There are conflicting reports at to whether the Red Sox sent money.

  31. Raylan Givens' Stetson 1 year ago

    Wait a second…..nope, still don’t get it.

  32. dc21892 1 year ago

    They should have just given Drew to NY.

  33. James F 1 year ago

    This is terrible (The return).

  34. Jonathan Gallo 1 year ago

    Somewhere in Scranton Rob Refsnyder weeps.

    • Spencer James 1 year ago

      Don’t think Refsnyder is going to get the call up till September, he’ll be fine.

  35. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 1 year ago

    Cashman: *calls Cherington* “Hey I’m bored.”Cherington: “Me too. Johnson for Drew?”
    Cashman: “Lol K”

    • Mike1L 1 year ago

      Actually, they said “hey, let’s play with Boras’ head a little. You take him, and then Scott can talk about an extension…..”

    • Jman1213 1 year ago

      Then Cherington said “But you gotta pick up almost all of Drew’s contract.” Cashman: “Okay.” *hangs up* “Wait, what?”

  36. Jeff Scott 1 year ago

    Wow. Shocker.

  37. LittleOtterPaws 1 year ago

    If the yankees dont get any money then this will probably be my favorite deal of the day. Especially since I am a Middlebrooks believer

    • Victoria Roberts 1 year ago

      I wouldn’t call myself a believer, but he hits better than Drew. Okay, just about every major league ballplayer hits better than Drew.

  38. Lefty_Orioles_Fan
    Lefty_Orioles_Fan 1 year ago

    Where is Drew going to play?

  39. Frederick Darwin Quixote 1 year ago

    And there goes a trivia question.

  40. d-blaqueqq 1 year ago

    X and Willie Middlebrooks-Dell team up once again to man the left side of the infield.

  41. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    What was the point of this?

  42. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    What was the point of this?

    • هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 1 year ago

      I guess hes gonna play 2nd and Roberts gets dumped

      • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

        Not sure why thats necessary, Drew has been horrible this year and has never played 2B in the MLB.

    • هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 1 year ago

      I guess hes gonna play 2nd and Roberts gets dumped

  43. Randy Jay Pena 1 year ago

    Didn’t know Yankees and the Red Sox could make trades with each other.

    • Chris1G 1 year ago

      Well I just checked CNN and there is no reports of Hell freezing over, so I don’t know what gives.

  44. Randy Jay Pena 1 year ago

    Didn’t know Yankees and the Red Sox could make trades with each other.

  45. Randy Jay Pena 1 year ago

    Didn’t know Yankees and the Red Sox could make trades with each other.

  46. redsox4434 1 year ago

    It’s been 17 years since the Sox and Yanks last made a trade. Tony Armas, Jim Mecir to the Sox and Randy Brown and Mike Stanley to the Yankees in 1997.

  47. 2001morecowbell2001 1 year ago

    Its a sweater!!!!

  48. BobMarley22 1 year ago

    I think Kelly Johnson new goal is to play for every single al east team

  49. Michael wabash 1 year ago

    I have just fired Cashman. $200+million ballclub…really let me be GM

  50. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 1 year ago

    Hey Sox fans, if you see Johnson playing 1st base. Run for the hills

    • d-blaqueqq 1 year ago

      We have three other options.

    • Fangaffes 1 year ago

      They have about six other people with first base experience, so . . . unlikely.

  51. Better 1 year ago

    This is the best trade Boston has made in years…they got a live human for Stephen Drew!

  52. Michael wabash 1 year ago

    Just cut Johnson/Roberts and bring up Refsnyder…I know that is what a good GM would do…my bad

  53. Better 1 year ago

    OMG the Yankees assume “almost all of remaining Drew money”

  54. d-blaqueqq 1 year ago

    That’s almost five million off the books. Thank you, Yankees!

    • Baseball Legend 1 year ago

      You do realize Johnson has a salary, right? Not as much, but net, the savings is like $3.5mm.

  55. sascoach2003 1 year ago

    Brian Sabean on line 1 for the recently unemployed Brian Roberts…come on down…

  56. sascoach2003 1 year ago

    This is what happens when trades are made during 3 for 1 happy hours…

  57. Frittoman626 1 year ago

    Ugh, why!?! 5 mil down the drain…

  58. griffey9988 1 year ago

    Kelly Johnson for Stephen Drew? Otherwise known as a colossal waste of time.

  59. LordOfTheSwings 1 year ago

    Well, Drew is awful right now, but at least he’s not Kelly Johnson.

  60. sherrilltradedooverexperience 1 year ago


  61. Mike1L 1 year ago

    maybe the most interesting thing about this trade is all that boras-inspired nonsense when drew was still out there, unsigned, about how he would either lead the red sox to the WS, or would be flipped for a high value player or prospect

    • sherrilltradedooverexperience 1 year ago

      scott boras mentally flips

  62. PhillyYank 1 year ago

    Who does this, man?

  63. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

    Basically a contract exchange, expendable player for an expendable player. The yanks get a defense upgrade at second and the Sox get to move Bogartes back to short and plug Holt in at third for the rest of the season. I’ll let yankee fans determine whether not not they believe it’s a good deal for them. For the Red Sox, good move.

    • NomarGarciaparra 1 year ago

      Good deal for the Yankees I think. They need someone at second. Drew has been awful this season, but I have no doubts he’ll heat up (he already is). Plus, Drew is a good defender at SS…should be respectable at least at second. I’m not sure Drew is too happy about the move though (having to move to second).

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

        There’s usually a respect for the pecking order amongst players. Drew going to second because Jeter’s at short will probably be a non-issue for Drew.

        • Victoria Roberts 1 year ago

          Because every shortstop wants to change positions. He won’t be happy, just like Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez, ARod, insert shortstop name here. And Holt isn’t going to be the third baseman. Middlebrooks will see some more time there. Holt maybe in a platoon, but he hasn’t hit much for the past month, so they’ll probably just keep him moving around. Or they’ll use him as a utility guy.

  64. Jman1213 1 year ago

    I…I….I got nothin’ on this one. The Yanks acquired a terrible hitter who’s never played 2B AND they’re paying almost all his salary? Well, there goes the money saved on Roberts’ incentives. The Red Sox win this one just by getting the Yankees to take Drew’s contract.

  65. Scott Brewer 1 year ago

    This deal makes no sense to me. I guess the red sox figured this for a salary dump

  66. Jonathan Walter 1 year ago

    The most interesting thing about this is that it is the first Yankees/Red Sox trade since 1997.

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