Friday, August 1, 2014

Cashman Confident Drew Can Play Second Base

When the Yankees first acquired INF Stephen Drew from the Red Sox yesterday, many people wondered if he could adequately play second base.

The 31-year-old veteran, who's hit just .176 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season after signing with Boston in late May, has never played a position other than shortstop, worrying some that cutting Brian Roberts could turn out to be a mistake. 

Nonetheless, Yanks GM Brian Cashman is confident Drew can make the adjustment, telling the NYDN's Mark Feinsand shortly after the deal was completed that Drew's abilities "will allow him" to handle it.

“We believe in Stephen’s abilities, we certainly have a great deal of respect for his athleticism,” Cashman said. “We’re asking for him to accept a new challenge and we believe that his abilities will allow him to do that. We’ll see how it unfolds.”

So far in 2014, unsurprisingly, Drew has committed just two errors to Roberts' ten, pretty much proving the former's defensive superiority.

Still, that dismal batting average and RBI total are also things that need to be considered when assessing Drew, as the 2013 World Series Champ's been about as unproductive as one can be over the last couple of months. 

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