While most trade rumors are revolving around Justin Upton, there’s another Diamondback that’s being looked at. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Pirates are showing interest in Arizona’s Stephen Drew. The Red Sox and Tigers have also shown some interest in him.
The 29-year old shortstop has appeared in just 15 games this season for the D’Backs. He recently returned from an ankle injury that kept him out of action for 11 months.
The article states that, “The Pirates’ .515 OPS at short is the worst in the majors. The Red Sox likely would use Drew as a backup infielder. The Tigers could play him at short or use him off the bench.”
The Bucs certainly haven’t received much offensive production from veteran Clint Barmes, who’s hitting just .205 in 82 games. However, Drew hasn’t been much better. Since returning, Drew is hitting .192 (10 for 52) with no home runs, three runs batted in, and four walks. He has more strikeouts than hits, and is striking out once every four at-bats. Drew is a career .268/.329/.439 hitter.
Drew’s contract isn’t very favorable, but neither is Barmes’. Drew makes $7.75 million this season, and has a $10 million mutual option for 2013 with a $1.35 million buyout. Barmes makes $5 million this year, and $5.5 million next.
Another available shortstop is Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays, but it’s unsure if the Bucs have inquired on him. Escobar is hitting .249 with 6 HR and 34 RBI in 89 games this season. He has a career triple-slash line of .284/.357/.392.
Source: The Pirates have had no conversations with the Diamondbacks about Stephen Drew.—
Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 19, 2012
Apparently the Pirates haven’t had any conversations with Arizona regarding Drew, and neither have the Red Sox.