Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Sox make Stephen Drew deal official
The Red Sox officially announced the signing today of shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year contract. The deal calls for a $9.5 million salary and $500,000 in performance bonuses, according to sources. The addition leaves the team’s 40-man roster at 40.
The 29-year-old Drew is the younger brother of former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew. He will wear the same number that his brother wore with Boston, No. 7.
Drew has appeared in 812 career games over the last seven seasons with Arizona (2006-12) and Oakland (2012).
He became a free agent when the Oakland Athletics declined their half of a $10 million mutual option for Drew in October. Drew received a $1.35 million buyout.
Drew, acquired by Oakland in an August trade with Arizona, batted .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 regular-season games for the A's.
The left-handed hitter has a .265 career average (814-for-3,069) with 181 doubles, 52 triples, 77 home runs, 349 RBIs, 414 runs, 293 walks, and 34 stolen bases.
Drew returned last season after missing 137 games dating to July 20, 2011 when he fractured his right ankle sliding into home against Milwaukee. He played in 40 games with the Diamondbacks last season and was hitting just .193 before the trade.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.