Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have re-signed Stephen Drew.
Drew, who will turn 34 during spring training, hit .266/.339/.524 with eight homers and 21 RBI in 70 games with the Nationals last season. That was by far the best performance he’s shown in years, and is likely not repeatable, but a moderate fallback from that is acceptable for a guy who will be a utilityman, covering second, third and some short.
Financial terms are not yet known, but he likely is not going to be expensive.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.