Will Stephen Drew be the next White Sox 2nd baseman?
Aug 26, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees short stop Stephen Drew (33) makes a throw to first to complete a double play as Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) slides into second sixth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago White Sox fans what do you think of this potential move by the Good Guys? It is being reported the White Sox could be interested in the possibility of signing second baseman Stephen Drew.
Are you in?
Joel Sherman of The New York Post wrote the following about Drew in a Dec. 30 article:
"“Drew has several teams interested in him as a primary second baseman (a position he had not played until traded last July to the Yankees) and as shortstop insurance. Clubs such as the Blue Jays, A’s, Cubs, White Sox and Angels fall into this category.”"
The article also says Drew is looking for a $9-10 million per year contract for next season.
Eh … really?
Let’s look at Drew’s stats the past few seasons:
2014: (Yankees/Red Sox): 85 games, 271 at-bats, 7 home runs, 26 RBIs, .162 BA, .237 on-base percentage, .299 slugging percentage, .536 OPS.
2013: (Red Sox): 124 games, 442 at-bats, 13 home runs, 67 RBIs, .253 BA, .333 OBP, .443 SLG, .777 OPS.
2012: (Diamondbacks/A’s): 79 games, 287 at-bats, 7 HR, 28 RBIs, .223 BA, .309 OBP, .348 SLG, .657 OPS.
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I don’t know if those numbers and games played per season would be any benefit for the White Sox. The last time Drew played in 100 or more games in a season was 2010 when he played in 151 games with the Diamondbacks. That season he batted .252 with five home runs, 45 RBIs and had a .317 slugging percentage.
Even last season in the games he played in, Drew’s fielding percentage was .969 at shortstop and .971 at second base.
Sep 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez (77) makes a throw to first baseman Jose Abreu (79) to get Detroit Tigers shortstop Andrew Romine (not pictured) out in the fourth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sure, Drew is only 31 years old. but would making a deal with him make sense for the White Sox with the fact they can groom Carlos Sanchez or Micah Johnson at second base next season?
Why not let one of the younger guys get the MLB experience next season, and just bat them ninth in the order and see what happens?
After a couple months into 2015 or even if it doesn’t look like one of the younger options aren’t ready for the majors, then make the chance and go from there.
Sanchez played in 28 games last season and batted .250 with the White Sox. In 100 at-bats he finished with five RBIs, along with a .250 BA, .269 OBP and .300 SLG.
With those numbers in limited time, I believe the White Sox should go with Sanchez instead of showing any interest in Drew. With the current group of players on the roster it would be a very good learning experience for Sanchez next season, along with a lot of the pressure would be off the rookie.
Plus, Sanchez’s numbers are comparable in the field with Drew, and he costs a lot less on the payroll. Sanchez had a .992 fielding percentage in 27 games at second base in ’14.
With Drew we basically know what the White Sox would be getting, but with Sanchez, the potential is much greater, but that’t just my opinion. What are your thoughts?