Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox among clubs interested in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew

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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.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.