Some New York Yankees‘ fans are looking at Derek Jeter‘s retirement announcement as the worst thing to happen to the franchise since George Steinbrenner‘s death. On the other hand, another sect of the Yankees’ fan base believes that Jeter’s exit from the game is coming at a perfect time.
Either way, New York’s front office has plenty of options in terms of replacing one of the best shortstops to ever play the game. Unfortunately, the Bronx Bombers don’t have much time to make such a crucial move. Due to the short notice from Jeter, the Yankees are almost forced to find his replacement this offseason rather than next.
Thankfully, Stephen Drew remains on the free agent market. Sure, Drew just won a World Series title with the rival Boston Red Sox, but New York already proved it couldn’t care less about the AL East reigning champions by signing former Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury earlier this winter.
Moreover, Drew is so versatile that he could play either second base or third base in Jeter’s last ride at the MLB level. New York needs to make a move sooner rather than later and Drew is the type of talent that will help fill the void of Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano — at least for the time being. After No. 2 finally hangs it up, Drew would be able to slide from another position back to his usual spot of shortstop.
It’s obvious that the Yankees have no problem spending money and trading draft picks, so going out and paying the price of a first-round draft pick for Drew is definitely reasonable for Yanks general manager Brian Cashman.