The Red Sox sign Stephen Drew

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Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew on a one-year deal for $9.5 million.

Thanks in part to recovery from an ankle injury Drew hit just .223/.309/.348 in 327 plate appearances this past season between the D’Backs and A’s, but he drew interest from several teams, including Tigers, Yankees and Athletics. But the Red Sox have him and, as Heyman notes, will use him as a stopgap between now and the time when either Jose Iglesias or Xander Bogaerts are ready.

It’s been a busy winter so far for the Red Sox, who, in addition to Drew, have signed  Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, David Ross and Mike Napoli.

The Red Sox are willing to deal Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Boston Red Sox are letting clubs know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

Trading Bradley would be a knock to the Red Sox defense, but they are likely looking to add some offense and thus willing to make the tradeoff. Bradley is one of baseball’s top defensive center fielders and had a nice year at the plate in 2016, but last year his line fell to .245/.323/.402 with 17 homers and 63 RBI.

If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field and plug a more potent bat in left.