Report: Red Sox Among Teams Showing Interest in Shortstop Stephen Drew


Report: Red Sox Among Teams Showing Interest in Shortstop Stephen DrewCould the Red Sox look to add another member of the Drew family before this season's trade deadline? reports that could be an option, as the Sox are reportedly one of several teams interested in Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew. He, of course, is the brother of former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew.

The Pirates and Tigers are also showing interest in the D-Backs shortstop, according to the report.

The 29-year-old is struggling at the plate since returning from a gruesome ankle injury suffered early in the 2011 season. 

Drew has only played in 15 games since returning from the disabled list, and he's hitting just .192 to go along with a .496 OPS. That's coming off of a year in which Drew hit .252 with five home runs and 45 RBIs in 86 games last season.

In Drew's best season, 2008, he hit .291 with 21 home runs and 67 RBIs to go along with a .836 OPS.

It's been a bit of a rocky season for Drew in Arizona this season. Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick ripped the shortstop as Drew neared his return from the ankle injury, questioning Drew's true motivation.

"I think Stephen should have been out there playing before now, frankly," Kendrick said in a radio interview in early July. "I, for one, am disappointed. I'm going to be real candid and say Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where Stephen is going to be a year from now than on going out and supporting the team that's paying his salary."

Drew does have a $10 million mutual option for the 2013 season.

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