Astros interested in Stephen Drew

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Last week the Astros were linked to free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie and now Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that they’ve met with free agent shortstop Stephen Drew (or at least his agent Scott Boras).

Drew had a miserable 2014 season, sitting out until mid-May after turning down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from Boston and then hitting .162 in 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees.

However, if you ignore his 2014 and focus on his previous track record Drew has generally been a solid all-around shortstop and at age 31 he’s one of the few viable starting-caliber options on the open market.

Back in 2013, for instance, he played 124 games and hit .253 with 13 homers and a .776 OPS for a World Series winner.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.