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Cats and dogs, working together: Red Sox trade Stephen Drew to Yankees for Kelly Johnson

Jul 31, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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How committed are the Red Sox to blowing up the roster? They just made a trade with the Yankees–the Yankees–sending shortstop Stephen Drew to New York just 39 games after re-signing him to a $10 million deal.

Drew sat out the first two months of the season waiting for a better offer that never materialized and has struggled since rejoining the Red Sox, hitting just .176 with 39 strikeouts in 39 games.

He obviously won’t be pushing Derek Jeter off shortstop for the Yankees and they just acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres, so Drew seems destined to see most of his action at second base in place of Brian Roberts. Drew has never played a position other than shortstop in nine MLB seasons.

Johnson was a Yankees regular for most of the season at various positions, but struggled offensively and is now on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Boston will shift Xander Bogaerts back to shortstop following Drew’s departure and Johnson could be a third base option once he’s healthy.

  1. rbj1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    No wonder I saw lightning and felt an earthquake.

  2. 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I’m gonna miss that guy. No, wait. What’s the opposite of that?

    • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Hip Hip Hooray? The crazy part is that I consider Drew to be an albatross due to his contract–how many not-even-one-year players can you say that about?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      If the Red Sox finish in the bottom 9 this season, their first round draft pick will be protected should they make a splash in the free agent pool.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Ninth-worst is where fangraphs projects them to land: http://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=Standings

        I’m not sure if that accounts for today’s trades or not.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Normally the picks of the bottom 10 teams are protected; however, The Astros get #2 because they failed to sign the #1 pick this season. The final 2 months of 2014 are going to remind Farrell of his final 2 months with an injury riddled Jays team.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      It’s hard to hate a guy who won a championship with the Sox. So, thanks Stephen.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrvSFdyk4T0#t=21

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    YAY!

    We made the Yankees worse!

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Before the season started, I actually thought he’d go to the Yankees to play third (with some time at shortstop). Well, that was after I thought he’d go to the Cardinals. So I obviously have no idea what I’m talking about, but I can see how he fits over there.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      I think you made each other worse.

      Does Cashman get a commission on each nickel-and-dime trade?

      • jerze2387 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        The Wolf of 161st st. Trading in penny stocks.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      I actually take it back.

      He will probably start being good now.

      Jerkwad.

    • 4cornersfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      You haven’t seen Johnson try to play 3B and try to hit yet.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Trash for Garbage.

  5. bh192012 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    So I assume this is Boston shedding salary?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      I’d say it’s more about getting Xander back at SS (where he never should have been moved from) and Holt at 3rd to get them the exposure and experience (and get some evaluation) for next season.

      With Cespedes and Craig they can’t easily plug Holt into the outfielder any longer.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I think it’s to give Xander two months at short and Middlebrooks two months at third, uninterrupted.

      • jerze2387 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        I wouldnt get too high on “unitrerrupted” for middlebrooks. hes shown a habit of getting hurt lately

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:20 PM

  6. bolweevils2 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Odd trade. I can see the Yankees are at least getting a healthy body to play secend for a guy on the DL, but what are the Sox getting? Salary relief? Is Johnson cheaper?

    • edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Yes. Drew got a one year deal worth north of 10 mill when he signed in Jun, Johnson signed a 1 year 3-4 million dollar deal in the offseason. Both are bad, so unless the Sox sent cash then it’s salary relief and Johnson probably won’t even play alot

  7. edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Whats Boston rotation and lineup look like now?

    C: Vazquez
    1B: Napoli, Craig
    2B: Pedroia
    SS: Bogarets
    3B: Holt, Middlebrooks
    LF: Cespedes, Nava
    CF: Bradley
    RF Victorino

    1. Clay
    2. Rubby
    3. Workman
    4. Ranaudo? Webster?
    5. Owens? Escobar?

    • rje49 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Add Joe Kelly to the rotation. Too bad they couldn’t get rid of Middlebrooks. He went downhill since that 3-homer game in Toronto early last year, and his fielding always made me nervous.

      • edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Kelly seems more like a bullpen arm, I thought. Middlebrooks, we’ll see how he looks when he comes back.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        He’s been hurt a lot. My guess would be that the Red Sox give him two months to show what he can do and probably trade him in the offseason based on his value. My guess: Deven Marrero or Garin Cecchini is more likely to be on next year’s team than Middlebrooks.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Kelly’s back of rotation, and with an IF possibly worse than St. Louis, and of course smaller OF, will probably get lit up more.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Maybe a little less Ortiz so that Napoli can get at bats at DH?

    • 4cornersfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Middlebrooks. Has Jenny Dell dumped him yet? Just asking.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        All I know is she has never called me once,must still be with him.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    This is the second move by the Yankees today. Earlier, they picked up Esmil Rogers from the Jays on waivers after Rogers had been designated for Assignment for the second time this year.

    • drewzducks - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      They also added Martin Prado from AZ. You can’t blame them for trying. Did anyone tell Toronto that there was a deadline today? Unless they manage to play the Sox 20 more times this year they will be lucky to hold on to the second wildcard.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        The Yankees may have gotten worse after today. The Jays are hot and the injured players will be returning very soon.

  9. yankeefan1950 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    You have got to be kidding me! In a long list of awful deals that Cashman has made the past few years this has to rank right at the top! Why in the world is he trying to pick up every single overpriced has-been or never-was that can’t hit that comes on the market????? My God, he is making it awful hard to be a Yankee fan. Go Tampa!

    • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Don’t worry, Drew will hit .450 the rest of the season.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        At AAA?

    • bolweevils2 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Eh. It doesn’t help the Yanks much, but it doesn’t hurt them either. They didn’t give up anything, and all it’s costing them is some money, which they have to burn.

      • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        If I’m not mistaken the Sox have a “cash considerations” part of the deal for Johnson. I expect it’s just to help even things up for the Yankees.

  10. skunkb3ar - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Good riddance to old garbage. Good luck with him, Yankees.

  11. jaysprospectarilo - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:49 PM

  12. drewzducks - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Rumor out of Fenway is that Drew will be presented to the Yankees pre-game on Friday as part of “The Captain’s” going away present.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      IMO,I believe that would be an insult to the good cap’n. A can of baked beans and some sour fish chowder would have been more palatable.;)

  13. deathmonkey41 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    What was Kelly Johnson’s contract?

  14. asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    When was the last time there was a trade between the Red Sox and Yankees?

    • bigharold - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      1997, Red Sox sent Randy Brown and Mike Stanley to New York for Tony Armas and Jim Mecir.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Wow, been a while! Thanks!

  15. irishlad19 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Sox apparently got significant payroll relief, nothing more to the deal than that.

  16. serbingood - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Somewhere Bobby Valentine is smiling. It’s not just him. Maybe it’s something in the Boston water, or fried chicken.

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