Stephen Drew hit just .223/.309/.348 in 327 plate appearances this past season between the D’Backs and A’s. But the 29-year-old free agent is still going to attract a pretty decent market this offseason.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Tigers, Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that have already expressed interest in Drew. And the Cardinals and Rays could eventually join the fray.
The Tigers are reportedly dangling Jhonny Peralta and would presumably make Drew their new starting shortstop if they can find a trade partner. In Boston, Drew could serve as a stopgap for Jose Iglesias.
The Yankees are viewing Drew more as a super sub, which might not be of interest to him.
Drew is a .265/.328/.433 career hitter. He slugged 21 home runs in 2008 for the Snakes.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.