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 11 months ago

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

    • JacobyWanKenobi 11 months ago

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

      • Karkat 11 months ago

        Montero? Like.. Jesus Montero? xD

        • JacobyWanKenobi 11 months ago

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

        • BitLocker 11 months ago

          Sanchez. Montero was trade to mariners.

      • jjs91 11 months ago

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

      • EskimoJS 11 months ago

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

    • levendis 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

    • Spencer James 11 months ago

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

  2. Baseball Legend 11 months ago


  3. hugo 11 months ago

    Bye bye jeter!

  4. JacobyWanKenobi 11 months ago

    please be fake please be fake please be fake

  5. soxfanme2 11 months ago

    From a Sox Fan, Thank you Yankee’s

    • TheFenwayFaithful 11 months ago

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

      • redsox4434 11 months ago

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

  6. Wilsonl 11 months ago

    Yankees/ Red Sox deal? Ha

  7. Since_77 11 months ago

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

  8. Ace2095 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  10. amoreperfectunion 11 months ago

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

  11. EskimoJS 11 months 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 11 months ago

    Lol geat deal

  13. Mike1L 11 months ago

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

  14. max 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

          • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

      • jjs91 11 months 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 11 months 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.

  17. Dustroia15 11 months ago

    Let the curse begin…

    • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

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

  18. godewey 11 months ago

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

  19. Spencer James 11 months ago

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

  20. Allismileo 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

    • jjs91 11 months ago

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

    • jjs91 11 months ago

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

  21. Cabro Epico 11 months ago

    Captain successor right there…

  22. levendis 11 months ago

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

  23. Metsfan93 11 months 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 11 months ago

    Kelly Johnson is a Red Sox

  25. Ron Swanson 11 months ago

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

  26. Chris Vinnit 11 months ago

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

  27. BitLocker 11 months ago

    Is Jeter gonna get moved to the DH?

    • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

    Weird trade

  30. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 11 months ago

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

    • Victoria Roberts 11 months ago

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

      • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  31. Raylan Givens' Stetson 11 months ago

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

  32. dc21892 11 months ago

    They should have just given Drew to NY.

  33. James F 11 months ago

    This is terrible (The return).

  34. Jonathan Gallo 11 months ago

    Somewhere in Scranton Rob Refsnyder weeps.

    • Spencer James 11 months ago

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

  35. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 11 months ago

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

    • Mike1L 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  36. Jeff Scott 11 months ago

    Wow. Shocker.

  37. LittleOtterPaws 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

    Where is Drew going to play?

  39. Frederick Darwin Quixote 11 months ago

    And there goes a trivia question.

  40. d-blaqueqq 11 months ago

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

  41. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    What was the point of this?

  42. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    What was the point of this?

    • هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 11 months ago

      I guess hes gonna play 2nd and Roberts gets dumped

      • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months 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 11 months ago

      I guess hes gonna play 2nd and Roberts gets dumped

  43. Randy Jay Pena 11 months ago

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

    • Chris1G 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  45. Randy Jay Pena 11 months ago

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

  46. redsox4434 11 months 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 11 months ago

    Its a sweater!!!!

  48. BobMarley22 11 months ago

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

  49. Michael wabash 11 months ago

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

  50. هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل 11 months ago

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

  51. Better 11 months ago

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

  52. Michael wabash 11 months ago

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

  53. Better 11 months ago

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

  54. d-blaqueqq 11 months ago

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

  55. sascoach2003 11 months ago

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

  56. sascoach2003 11 months ago

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

  57. Frittoman626 11 months ago

    Ugh, why!?! 5 mil down the drain…

  58. griffey9988 11 months ago

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

  59. LordOfTheSwings 11 months ago

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

  60. sherrilltradedooverexperience 11 months ago


  61. Mike1L 11 months 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

  62. PhillyYank 11 months ago

    Who does this, man?

  63. start_wearing_purple 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  66. Jonathan Walter 11 months ago

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

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