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Per ESPN Boston reporter Gordon Edes, Stephen Drew has been traded to the New York Yankees for 2B/utility player Kelly Johnson.
Interesting move. This almost certainly means that the Red Sox will move Xander Bogaerts back to shortstop for the remainder of the season and play Will Middlebrooks at third base. For Bogaerts, it seems as though management has owned up to their mistake of signing Drew and are ready to make Bogaerts the shortstop of the future. He’s going to make some mistakes in the field, but the Sox have some time to let him grow and develop in the position.
As for Middlebrooks, this will probably be make or break for him. The Sox will plug him in at 3rd, with Brock Holt, and see what he has left. If he continues to struggle at the plate, don’t be surprised to see him traded or waived in the offseason. However, if he produces offensively, then the Sox have some difficult decisions to make. It’s going to be an interesting winter for Red Sox Nation.
I’m a little surprised the Sox wanted to take on Kelly Johnson, who’s not much improvement over Drew. He can play some infield and outfield, and may come in some use. However, with Brock already our utility guy and Mookie Betts waiting in the wings, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnson waived later this season.
I’m also interested to see what this means for Derek Jeter at shortstop…