Stephen Drew helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship last season. ( Elsa/Getty Images)
Fresh off their signing of 25-year-old Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees are considering making a run at infielder Stephen Drew.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Yankees' consideration of Drew comes after the team clearly surpassed at $189 million luxury-tax threshold. Heyman reported, citing a source familiar with the team's thinking, that how seriously the Yankees go after Drew "depends on the price."
From the report:
There has been a thought the Yankees might be willing to keep spending after landing star Japanese free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. But while there doesn't seem to be a push for another top starter or reliever, Drew is one free agent the Yankees are at least weighing, according to people familiar with their thinking.
The Yankees have spent $470 million already this winter, but there doesn't appear to be a precise limit now that the luxury tax threshold has already been surpassed -- and that's very likely especially true when it comes to Red Sox players. Although the Yankees apparently aren't quite a bottomless pit of cash, a possible run at Drew "depends on the price" according to a person familiar with their thinking.
The Yankees infield is the team's major concern after their signing of Tanaka. After losing second baseman Robinson Cano in free agency, the Yankees are counting on the newly signed Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson to man second and third base, respectively. Derek Jeter, who was hurt for much of last season, has been penciled in at shortstop.
Drew hit .253 with 13 homers, 67 RBI, and a .777 OPS last season with the Boston Red Sox.