Report: Nationals to sign INF Stephen Drew to $3 million contract

Wednesday December 30th, 2015

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with infielder Stephen Drew on a one-year, $3 million contract with up to $1.25 million in incentives, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

The deal comes on the heels of the Nationals’ biggest acquisition of the off-season: signing former Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.

Adding both players to their roster essentially finalizes the Nationals’ infield with Ryan Zimmerman at first base, Murphy at second, Danny Espinosa at shortstop and Anthony Rendon at third. Drew and rookie shortstop Trea Turner will provide Washington’s depth, with Turner likely starting the season in the minors. 

Drew, 32, hit .201 with 44 RBIs with the New York Yankees last season and is a .251 hitter over his 10-year career. He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2004 MLB draft when current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was with Arizona.

- Erin Flynn

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