The lack of range in the Yankees' infield has been a topic of concern throughout the season so far, and with Derek Jeter getting ready to turn 40 next month, the Yankees could look for some infield help that goes beyond the defensive specialist Brendan Ryan.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Yankees could decide to change their thinking on whether to sign free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew if they feel that Jeter can't handle a full season as the starting shortstop, sources told the Globe writer. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has said in the past that the team has no interest in signing Drew, and others have indicated that the Yanks are tapped out financially after the big spending spree this past winter.
The Yankees, though, don't want to give the Red Sox the draft pick they would get for Drew signing in New York, according to Cafardo, so they might wait until after the June draft to make a run at him, if they decide to do so.
Because the Red Sox offered Drew a qualifying offer this past winter, he is tied to draft pick compensation, and the only way for that tag to go away from him would be waiting until after the draft.
FOX Sport's Ken Rosenthal wrote yesterday that it would make sense for the Red Sox to re-sign Drew for the sole purpose of keeping him away from the Yankees. But really, if they wanted him back, they probably would have re-signed him by now.
I don't know if the Yankees Drew as much as they may have a month ago. Brian Roberts is hitting well as the second baseman, and Yangervis Solarte is currently leading the team in RBIs as the starting third baseman. Although, things could change in the next month and one of those two players, maybe Solarte, comes back to earth after this hot start.
Drew hit .253 with 13 homeruns and 61 RBIs last season for Boston, in his only season with the club. He was a player linked to the Yankees more than anybody but Masahiro Tanaka was this past offseason, and even as we enter the second week of May, his name still won't go away.