Stephen Drew will be the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, as the team has reached a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the 30-year-old infielder.
Drew, the younger brother of former Boston outfielder J.D. Drew, will be a serviceable fill-in at shortstop, if not more, for Boston. He's been a decent player his whole career with an average of .265 and double-digit homers in four of the five years he's played 100 games, but had a big dropoff this past season.
Drew hit only .193 with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a dreadful OPS of .601, prompting the team to trade him for a minor league prospect after seven years with the club. He finished the year with Oakland looking more like himself, hitting .250 with five home runs in limited playing time.
A hole on the left side of the infield opened up for Boston when they traded away Mike Aviles in order to get manager John Farrell from the Toronto Blue Jays. Jose Iglesias played 22 games at short, but the 22-year-old isn't ready for primetime, hitting only .118.
According to Buster Olney, Drew's contract is $9.5 million plus another half a million in performance bonuses.