Questions have been a common theme for Stephen Drew the past couple of seasons. After having a decent 2013 campaign for the Boston Red Sox, he decided to hold out until May of 2014 to receive a one-year, $10 million deal. He struggled immensely upon his return, hitting a measly .176 with four home runs and 11 runs batted in over 39 games with the Red Sox before being traded to the rival New York Yankees. His play did not improve. As a matter of fact, it worsened as he only managed to hit .150 with three homers and 15 RBIs in his final 46 games in 2014.
Drew was not given full blame for his unsatisfactory 2014 campaign, as his struggles were often credited to not having a full Spring Training to prepare for the season. Because of the belief they could get more out of him with a full Spring Training, the Yankees signed him to a one-year, $5 million deal.
To the dismay of many members and fans of the organization, Drew has been a failed experiment. While he has shown power promise with 12 homers in 2015, he has an abominable .182 batting average, which is the lowest in the major leagues amongst qualifiers.
His poor play has led to many fans calling for him to be traded, released, or more simply just replaced. With the call-up of Yankees top 2B Rob Refsnyder, who will debut tonight against the Red Sox, it appears that the Yankees are starting to explore other options. For a Yankees fan, their prayers may have been answered. But for Stephen Drew, the clock has started ticking for him to prove he deserves to stay in pinstripes. If he can’t do that, he may be doomed to follow the paths taken recently by the likes of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Dan Uggla.