At the trade deadline this year, the Boston Red Sox did the unspeakable: they did business with the New York Yankees. The last time the two did business together came all the way back in 2010 when New York claimed outfielder Jordan Parraz off waivers from Boston. The last time the two teams came together and made an actual trade was all the way back in 1997. Well, the two came together and Boston sent Stephen Drew—and—cash to New York in exchange for Kelly Johnson. This trade is by far the best trade the Red Sox made.
The overpaid Drew, who earns over $10 million this year, has a slash line of .176/.255/.328 making this the worst season of his career. Not only this, but as the Boston Red Sox starting shortstop, he bumped Xander Bogaerts over to third base. From here, things spiraled out of control and Bogaerts slumped dramatically. Whether or not it came from a confidence kill or not is up for debate, but the rookie owns a .389 OBP as a shortstop and a .217 OBP as a third baseman this year in nearly identical playing time.
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With Drew gone, this opens up a spot at the Major League level. Will Middlebrooks can get another shot to prove he is the third baseman of the future throughout the course of these next two months. This is especially important because this year is a lost cause at this point. In 100 at-bats for the Paw Sox, Middlebrooks has a slash line of .240/.287/.390, but giving him a chance at this point couldn’t hurt.
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The return on Drew was not great, but is an upgrade at the plate nonetheless. Kelly Johnson plays all around the infield, but is currently on the disabled list right now. He owns a slash line of .219/.304/.373 on the year in 77 games for the Bronx Bombers making him a viable option for a utility infielder. Johnson should be back around mid-August and Boston will need to make some sort of a roster move then to balance out the rosters.
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Although this trade failed to make headlines, it was arguably the best trade made at the deadline. It rid Boston of fan-hated Stephen Drew and shipped him off to the rival club. The city of Boston is smiling as they wait and see how New York reacts to Drew and hopes that he makes them as miserable as he made the city of Boston this year.