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Braves interested in Stephen Drew for second base

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Braves have expressed interest in signing free agent Stephen Drew to play second base. Drew hadn’t appeared anywhere but shortstop before the 2014 season, when he made 31 starts at second for the Yankees, often playing alongside Derek Jeter.

Tommy La Stella was the primary second baseman this past season in Atlanta, but he was traded to the Cubs in mid-November for reliever Arodys Vizcaino and international signing money. Drew, who should be open to one-year offers after a season in which he batted .162/.237/.299, can serve as a stopgap until 20-year-old top prospect Jose Peraza is ready for the big-time.

Drew, 31, is also drawing free agent interest from the Mets and Athletics.