Stephen Drew looks like he’s feeling more ready to sign this time around.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Chicago Cubs have reportedly shown interest in signing veteran shortstop Stephen Drew. But why? Drew is coming off of a career worst season after winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Drew refused to sign until May 2014 last season, and then proceeded to post the worst numbers of his career, batting .162/.237/.299 (51 OPS+) with 7 home runs and 26 RBI over 300 plate appearances between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
If the Cubs were to sign him, in all likelihood he would not be a starter or a reliable bat, as Chicago already has a bona-fide shortstop in Starlin Castro and a promising infield prospect in Addison Russell. Chicago is watching their first slew of prospects from the Theo Epstein era come in, and would like to have a veteran presence to help out the younger players thrive in the show.
Over his 9 year career, Drew has batted .256/.322/.425 (95 OPS+) with 97 home runs and 442 RBI.