New York Yankees manager Joe Giradi has named Stephen Drew as the team's starting second baseman.
Drew has only started 32 career games at second base, having played the position for the first time last season while with the Yankees. The 31-year-old was a shortstop for the first eight years of his career.
Drew was traded to the Yankees in July 2014 from the Boston Red Sox. New York re-signed him to a one-year deal in January, one month after the Yankees traded for shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Prospects Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder were expected to compete with Drew for the starting job at second; however, on Tuesday Girardi answered a question about competition for the position by saying, "We signed [Drew] to be our second baseman."
Last season, Drew hit .162 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in time split with Boston and New York. For his career, he is a .256 hitter with 97 home runs and 442 RBIs.
The Yankees start the 2015 season on April 6 at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Molly Geary