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14 Stephen Drew 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 3/16/1983 | Birthplace: Hahira, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: Florida State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $9,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Yankees' Stephen Drew slugs fifth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew went 1 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 14-1 shellacking of the Royals on Monday.

After the Yankees racked up eight runs on three homers in the first inning, Drew came back with a three-run blast in the second inning to extend the lead to 11-0. It was the infielder's first homer since April 21.

Drew has hit .176/.250/.338 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 136 at-bats.


Girardi 'surprised' that Yankees SS Stephen Drew remains cold


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Joe Girardi is maintaing his patience in hopes that Yankees shortstop Stephen Drew will come around at the plate.

Drew recently managed a five-game hitting streak, but with no multi-hit performances. He is 0-for-8 in his last two games as his slash line on the season has been weakened to .176/.271/.353.

"I watch his at-bats and I just feel that he's about to go off on a hot streak," Girirdi told the Journal News. "He gets a few hits one day, and it just hasn't happened, which I'm surprised. I really am surprised. I thought he had a good spring training. He's had some big hits for us, but it hasn't necessarily carried over into his average for us this year, but I think he's going to hit."


Yankees' Stephen Drew starts at third base on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Stephen Drew is in the starting lineup at third base and batting seventh for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Rays. This will be Drew's first appearance at third base in his career. This comes on the heels of manager Joe Girardi claiming that Drew would be the primary backup option to Chase Headley at the hot corner.

Indeed, Headley is out of the lineup on Wednesday while Drew mans third base. Drew has struggled offensively this year, owning a dismal .184/.281/.367 batting line.

Jose Pirela is starting at second base, while Didi Gregorius is at shortstop


Yankees' Stephen Drew to backup 3B, A-Rod to DH only


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) The Yankees are preparing to use Stephen Drew as their primary backup third baseman instead of Alex Rodriguez, according to the New York Daily News

This could signal the end of Rodriguez playing the hot corner for the Yankees. Sure, he may get an appearance here or there. But it looks like the Yankees are content with keeping Rodriguez as their designated hitter. 

"We're just thinking of keeping him at DH mostly," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez is hitting .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs this season. 


Yankees' Jose Pirela in Friday's lineup against Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela is back in the lineup and will play second base against the Orioles on Friday. 

This will be Pirela's second game of the season as he played Wednesday as well. He took Thursday off with Stephen Drew starting at second. Manager Joe Girardi said Drew will take Friday and Saturday off, according to ESPN New York

Pirela recently came off the disabled list following his recovery from a right hand contusion. 

Against the Orioles, Pirela will bat eighth. 

The rest of the Yankees lineup is unchanged from Thursday. 


Yankees continue to show faith in Stephen Drew


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Even with the addition of Jose Pirela to the roster, Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew's starting job is safe, despite a slow start offensively.

“We’re going to keep running him out there,” manager Joe Girardi said of Drew, per the New York Post. “We look at at-bats. We look really deep into it. It’s not just what his average is. It’s ‘Is he being productive?’ We know he’s [struggled] the last 20 at-bats, but that happens to a lot of hitters. I thought he’s hit the ball much better than the luck he’s had.”

Drew seemed to reward Girardi's faith in a 4-3 win Thursday against the Orioles. He had a double and walk in the victory.

“Earlier on, I had good at-bats and nothing to show for it,” Drew said after getting on base twice. “Hopefully, I’ll start working up the middle again and the numbers take care of themselves.”

General manager Brian Cashman also came to Drew's defense Thursday.

“I thought he had a good spring toward the end of spring training,” Cashman said. “He’s been struggling more recently. He’s playing good defense, with some power and walks. But the hits haven’t been falling for him.”


Yankees' Pirela could eat into playing time of Drew, Gregorius


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, and that could be bad news for Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Pirela has been out since he suffered a concussion during spring training.

And, despite the fact that Pirela has just 24 big-league at-bats on his ledger (all coming at the end of the 2014 season), Heyman believes he could cut into the playing time of Drew and/or Gregorius, each of whom have gotten off to slow starts this year. 

Drew is hitting just .167 on the year and Gregorius has committed four errors at shortstop. 

Meanwhile, Pirela was hitting .579 (11 for 19) at Triple-A this season as part of his rehab. He had a home run and four doubles as well and could see time at both middle-infield positions for the Yankees.


Yankees' Girardi blames bad luck for Stephen Drew slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew is hitting .149 and it 0 for his last 17. 

Despite the prolonged slump, manager Joe Girardi doesn't sound close to making any major changes. 

"He really hasn't had a lot of luck," Girardi said of Drew, per NJ.com.

"He's had some really big hits for us," Girardi said. "I know he's a better hitter than what the average shows. I know that. I know he's started slow but a lot of good players start slow."


Yankees' Cashman on Stephen Drew: He's here to stay


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Despite Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew batting .177 on the season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he does not plan to find a replacement, reports ESPN.com.

"I think Drew's been fine," Cashman said. "Right now, I'm not looking at anyone being an alternative at second base to Drew."

While Drew is only batting .177, he does have four home runs and 10 RBI in 62 at-bats. Cashman said potential replacements Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela have struggled while playing in the minor leagues. 


Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Rays, the team announced. Ellsbury was pulled in Saturday's game with hip tightness and missed Sunday's game with the injury. Ellsbury is hitting .282 with a home run in 71 at-bats. 

Alex Rodriguez will also slide over to third base from designated hitter and move Chase Headley to the bench. Didi Gregorius also returns to the lineup at shortstop with Stephen Drew shifting to second base and Gregorio Petit moving to the bench.

The Yankees are currently the favorites (-140) against Tampa Bay.


Didi Gregorius out of Yankees lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is not in the team's lineup for Sunday night's game. 

Stephen Drew will move over from second to start at shortstop for the fourth time this year. Gregorio Petit plays second, batting ninth. 


Stephen Drew becomes fourth Yankee with four homers this season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Second baseman Stephen Drew homered in the Yankees' win on Tuesday, becoming the fourth Yankee to have four home runs this season (Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Chris Young).

Drew hit seven home runs in all of 2014.

Yankees INF Stephen Drew joins 100-HR club on Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew also joined the 100-home run club on Friday, connecting for the milestone against Tampa.

Drew is in his 10th MLB season and is a career .256 hitter.

His highest single-season home run total is 21 (2006 for the Diamondbacks).

Yankees shortstop Stephen Drew cracks pinch-hit grand slam


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Yankees shortstop Stephen Drew cranked a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning in Monday's 6-5 win over the Orioles.

"I just got in a good situation. Guys were up there battling all night," Drew said, per MLB.com. "I got a 3-1 count in a good situation and tried not to do too much. I put a good swing on it, and it worked out for the best."

Drew came up for Brett Gardner in the seventh and ripped a 3-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter to center field for the home run, scoring Chris Young, John Ryan Murphy and Jacoby Ellsbury. Drew is now hitting .190 in 21 at-bats this season.


Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew knocks first home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew went 1 for 3 at the plate Sunday in New York's 14-4 win over the Red Sox. 

Drew was part of New York's early onslaught in the first inning, cracking a 1-0 pitch from Clay Buchholz to right field for a solo home run, following up a two-run shot by Chase Headley. Drew, who also had one walk, pushed his average to .150 on 20 at-bats this season.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez draws start at first base Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez is making his first start of the season at first base Saturday against the Red Sox.

Rodriguez, who saw work at first base this spring, has never played anywhere on the field other than shortstop and third base during his major-league career. He'll be the Yankees' cleanup batter Saturday.

The Yankees are mixing up the lineup for the day game after Friday's 19-inning marathon, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Stephen Drew all out of the lineup Saturday.


A-Rod to likely hit 7th as DH in Yankees' Opening Day lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/4/2015) Manager Joe Girardi hinted strongly on Saturday what the Yankees' Opening Day lineup will be and it will included Alex Rodriguez batting seventh as the designated hitter, reports ESPN New York. 

Girardi said Saturday's final exhibition game lineup "could be" the team's Opening Day lineup, which leads many to believe that will be the case. 

The Yankees lineup on Saturday:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Brett Gardner, LF

3. Carlos Beltran, RF

4. Mark Teixeira, 1B

5. Brian McCann, C

6. Chase Headley, 3B

7. Alex Rodriguez, DH

8. Stephen Drew, 2B

9. Didi Gregorius, SS


Yankees' Stephen Drew could see time at SS on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Yankees infielder Rob Refsnyder revealed that Stephen Drew will play some shortstop on Thursday in one of New York's split-squad games against the Tigers or Pirates, according to the New York Daily News. Manager Joe Girardi would not confirm if Drew would see any time at shortstop.

Yankees' Cashman: Stephen Drew the 'smart play' at second


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Stephen Drew has been outhit by two Yankees prospects this spring, but GM Brian Cashman said the veteran was still the "smart play" at second base. 

Rob Refsnyder is hitting .343 with five doubles. Jose Pirela is hitting .370.

Meanwhile, a hot stretch over the weekend brought Drew to .243. 

"I know there’s a lot of dialogue wrapped around Refsnyder and Pirela," Cashman said, per the Journal News. "But I think also that those guys have shown they still have work to do on the defensive side still. ... The bats are impressive, but you’ve seen the defensive stuff they’ve shown us in short sample sizes as well. ... So right now I’m pretty comfortable that Drew signing was the smart play for us on the front end."

Refsnyder has made five errors and Pirela two. 

Drew had a three hit game on Friday, homered on Saturday and doubled on Sunday. 

"He’s looked really good at the plate," Cashman said. "He’s looked so much better than last year the last week to 10 days. That’s encouraging. I know it’s got to be building his confidence and having memories of what he was prior to last year, because that’s certainly what’s playing around in my head. I feel much better about the situation right now."


Yankees' Stephen Drew starts to emerge from slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew went three for three on Friday, which is a significant bright spot in what's been a tough spring. 

Prior to Friday's game, Drew only had six hits all spring. The 3-for-3 game boosted his average from .167 to .231. 

"He's swung the bat better the last two weeks," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "The one thing you want is you want a lineup that there's pressure on the pitcher of the opposing team the entire time, and I feel that we have that type of lineup that we can do that, where so much pressure doesn't fall on a couple of guys."


Yankees' Girardi names Stephen Drew starting second baseman


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) As expected, Yankees manager Joe Girardi named Stephen Drew the team's starting second baseman Tuesday, reports NJ.com.

Drew is attempting to transition from shortstop to second base. In 2014, he hit .162 with seven home runs and 26 RBI.


Yankees' Stephen Drew still learning in transition to second base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew knew the switch from playing shortstop to second base wasn't going to be easy. Drew committed an error on the very first ball hit to him this spring.

"Coming over last year, what I was learning was that angle. Just totally different," Drew said. "The ball comes off the bat a little different on guys. That's definitely going to be something that I'm learning through this whole thing. That won't go away after I learn it. I'm going to work all through Spring Training to get those angles knocked out."

Drew is expecting to take reps exclusively at second throughout spring training, allowing Did Gregorius and Brendan Ryan to get their chances at shortstop.


Yankees, Stephen Drew agree to one-year, $5 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Yankees have signed free agent infielder Stephen Drew to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday. According to the New York Daily News, Drew is expected to make $5 million in 2015. To create space for Drew in the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment.

Drew missed the first two months last season after holding out for a contract. He eventually signed with the Red Sox and was then traded to the Yankees. Drew hit .162 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 85 games.


Yankees' Steinbrenner: 'We're not going to be afraid to spend money'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated Wednesday more offseason moves for New York could be coming, despite general manager Brian Cashman being active this offseason, according to MLB.com. The Yankees have already re-signed third baseman Chase Headley and infielder Stephen Drew, signed reliever Andrew Miller and traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius.

"It's not over until it's over. We still have a full month before spring training," Steinbrenner said. "We're always going to continue to improve. I'm not putting a cap on it. We've certainly filled some holes that we had. We'll keep going for the next few weeks."

Steinbrenner said he wants to get New York back to the postseason while trying to keep the the payroll in the same range, but left the door open to perhaps target one of the top free-agent players still available. Starting pitchers Max Scherzer and James Shields are two of the top names still on the free-agent market.

"[But] having said that, we're still the New York Yankees, all you guys know that," Steinbrenner said. "We know what the fans expect. We know what the town expects. We're not going to be afraid to spend money."


Yankees closing in on one-year deal with Stephen Drew


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) The Yankees are finalizing a one-year deal with free agent infielder Stephen Drew, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. The deal is expected to be in the range of $5 million, plus incentives that could bring it to $6 million to $7 million. He'll likely play second base this season.

The Cubs and Astros also expressed interest in Drew.

Drew missed the first two months last season after holding out for a contract. He eventually signed with the Red Sox and was then traded to the Yankees. Drew hit .162 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 85 games.