Yankees Trade Kelly Johnson for Stephen Drew

It had been 17 years since the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox had made a trade, but that streak has been broken with the Yankees having acquired Stephen Drew from the Red Sox in exchange for the injured Kelly Johnson.

Stephen Drew will likely be called in to play second base after a less than impressive season from Brian Roberts, a Yankee free agent acquisition this past offseason. Thus far this season, since re-signing with the Red Sox, Drew has hit below the Mendoza line as he has posted a .176/.255/.328 slash line to go along with 5 home runs, and 11 RBI. Drew, 31, has looked marginally better post All-Star break as he has managed to raise his batting average to .237, as well as boasting a .341 on base percentage to go along with 2 home runs (matches first half total), 6 RBI, and 6 walks over 38 (9 hits) at bats. Drew, a left handed hitter, will have the luxury of the short porch at right to target if in fact his .474 slugging percentage (post All-Star) holds up for the remainder of the season. Boston sent Drew to the Yankees in exchange for Johnson, a move that will help both teams for the remaining months of the season. The Yankees will be able to place Drew at second base and the Red Sox will be able to play Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, where Drew had taken over after being signed in late May. To sum the deal up for the Yankees, they forced a second baseman in Kelly Johnson to play third base, prior to trading him for a shortstop in Stephen Drew who they will force to play second base.

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