Yankees Sign INF Stephen Drew

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed INF Stephen Drew to a one-year contract extending through the 2015 season.

Drew, 31, combined to hit .162 (44-for-271) with 18R, 14 doubles, 7HR and 26RBI in 85 games with the Yankees and Red Sox in 2014. On May 21, he signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox, appearing in 39 games for Boston before being acquired by the Yankees along with cash considerations in exchange for INF Kelly Johnson on July 31. In 46 games with the Yankees, he hit .150 (21-for-140) with 7R, 8 doubles, 3HR and 15RBI and appeared in 34 games at second base, his first career experience at the position.

In 1,021 career games over parts of nine Major League seasons with Arizona (2006-12), Oakland (2012), Boston (2013-14) and the Yankees (2014), he has hit .256 (970-for-3,782) with 489R, 224 doubles, 97HR and 442RBI. From 2008-10, Drew was the only Major Leaguer to record double-digits in doubles, triples and home runs in each of those three seasons.

Drew was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, OF Eury Perez was designated for assignment.