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Red Sox, Tigers and Yankees among teams looking at SS Stephen Drew

The Tigers, Red Sox and Yankees are among teams to have interest in free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew.

The Yankees' interest is curious since Drew has never played a game in the majors anywhere other than shortstop. However, it appears there's no need for alarm bells regarding Derek Jeter.

The Yankees' thought regarding Drew apparently doesn't reflect any additional concern Jeter will be ready and able to play shortstop. They apparently figured they'd see if Drew had any interest in a super sub role off an uncharacteristically down season.

"I'm not looking to replace Derek Jeter,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "He'll be playing every day for the whole year.''

Cashman wouldn't comment about Drew. But Cashman asserted Jeter's season won't be delayed after the surgery he had to repair the broken ankle he suffered in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Manager Joe Girardi recently suggested publicly that there might be a chance Jeter won't be ready to start the season, but Cashman said he believes there's no reason to think that's a real possibility.

"I fully expect him to be ready,'' Cashman said of Jeter.

Since Drew, who hit .223 with seven homers and 28 RBI for Arizona and Oakland in the year after returning following his own ankle injury, surely will have starting options, the Yankees probably aren't the most likely alternative.

The Red Sox may not believe shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias is ready offensively, so Drew could make sense in Boston.

The Tigers also are believed interested in Drew, and it's possible they could make a play for Drew if they trade Jhonny Peralta. Danny Knobler reported Tuesday that the Diamondbacks are among the teams interested in Peralta.

The Cardinals, A's and Rays are among other teams that could be interested in a shortstop in what shapes up as an overall weak shortstop market.

 
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