Stephen Drew is Close to a One Year Contract With Yankees
Stephen Drew is definitely keeping his fingers crossed. This is because the New York Yankees have announced on their official website that they are interested in signing him in for at least one year.
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The team want Drew to assume the role of a starting second baseman for 2015 season. If the deal goes through as anticipated, Drew will pocket $6 million. His basic pay will be $5 million but due to some unspecified bonuses the figure will swell up to $6 million.
The new deal could be his gift as he turns 32 years in March. The Red Sox had initially offered to sign him in 2014 but he simply turned down the opportunity for reasons best known to him. After being a free agent for quite some time, he swallowed his pride and went back to Boston.
Drew has actually been switching between teams. He was initially playing for Red Sox where he recorded 176 battings in 39 matches before he was transferred to Yankees on July 31. At the same time, Red Sox acquired Kelly Johnson.
It is actually at Yankees that he got a chance to play as a second baseman professionally. As a matter of fact, he did not disappoint because he managed to get 150 battings coupled with 15 RBIs in just 46 matches.
Drew is expected to play alongside two other newly acquired players who include Didi Gregorius from D-backs and Brendan Ryan. The three transfers were executed in December probably to prepare the team for the upcoming season.
Yankees are pegging their hopes on Drew because they expect him to exhibit a performance similar to that of 2013 when he helped Boston scoop the World Series title. Back then, the star had made 253 battings, 13 home runs coupled with 67 RBIs in just 124 matches.
In other news, the Yankees are reportedly eying Willie Randolph. According to an update on the team's website, Yankees want Randolph to come in as a coach to fill the gap that was left following the sacking of coach Mick Kelleher.
The team has actually been searching for a coach since October and has in fact interviewed several potential candidates for the position. However, the recruitment exercise was terminated as there were no suitable matches back then. Now that the holidays are over, there is adequate time to shop for a coach and from the look of things, Randolph could be their best pick.
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Randolph is definitely the suitable candidate because he is familiar with Yankees after having played for them for 13 seasons of his 18 seasons career. He is actually rich in coaching experience because he was in charge of Mets from 2005 to 2008. He was actually the third base coach for Orioles in 2011.