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.