The final trade for the Boston Red Sox before the deadline sent veteran shortstop Stephen Drew to the New York Yankees in exchange for struggling infielder Kelly Johnson. It was the first time these rivals traded since 1997.
In the deal, the Yankees will pay the rest of the pro-rated contract Drew signed back in late May while the Red Sox get to move Xander Bogaerts back to short.
Drew has been struggling offensively all season, after missing spring training, with a .176 average and just four home runs in 39 games with the Red Sox. The 31-year-old did bolster the middle infield defense, but did not provide any depth to the Red Sox lineup and stunted the growth of Bogaerts at shortstop.
Johnson has been sidelined since July 23 with a strained left groin and should be set to be activated on Thursday after a couple rehab contests on Tuesday and Wednesday. The struggling infielder posted just a .219/.304/.373 slash line in 227 plate appearances with just six homers and 22 RBI for the Yankees while playing the super utility role.
It’s hard to see how Johnson fits into this team with Brock Holt already serving as a super utility guy, but another power bat could be good for this team off the bench.
Overall, this deal gave the Red Sox the chance to press the restart button at shortstop, and give their most talented prospect a chance to regroup and show he can play his natural position. Plus, the Yankees have to eat the money the Red Sox had to pay Drew to get him to sign.