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Yankees acquire Stephen Drew from Red Sox for Kelly Johnson

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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The Yankees on Thursday acquired infielder Stephen Drew from the Red Sox in exchange for infielder Kelly Johnson.

Drew, 31, is batting .176/.255/.328 in 39 games for the Sox this season. His start to 2014 was delayed because he didn't sign until May 20 -- a consequence of his having draft pick compensation attached to his free agency (Drew turned down a qualifying offer from the Red Sox this past offseason).

In 2013, Drew was a core contributor to the Sox's championship team, as he batted .253/.333/.433 and played outstanding defense at shortstop. Across parts of nine big-league seasons, Drew owns an OPS+ of 97. Drew is eligible for free agency again this coming offseason.

Johnson, 32, is batting .219/.304/.373 this season and owns a line of .251/.333/.424 across nine major-league campaigns.

This marks the first time that the Yankees and Red Sox have pulled off a trade with each other since the August 1997 deal involving Mike Stanley, Tony Armas Jr. and others.

Stephen Drew is taking his bat from Boston to the Bronx. (USATSI)
Stephen Drew is taking his bat from Boston to the Bronx. (USATSI)

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