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Yesterday, we heard rumblings that the Yankees were ‘considering a run‘ at free agent shortstop, Stephen Drew. Drew, who turns 31-years-old in March, was the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. In 124 games, Drew hit 13 HRs, drove in 67 runs, and put up a .253/.333/.443 slash. Defensively, Drew finished second among American League shortstops with a .984 fielding percentage. Drew finished the year with a 3.4 WAR, sixth best among shortstops. After making $9.5 million last season, Drew turned down Boston’s qualifying offer of one-year, $14.1 million, in hopes of securing a multi-year deal.¬†Despite grading out as one of the better shortstops, Drew is having a tough time find suitors. Could the lack of demand for Drew create a market inefficiency that the Yankees can exploit?

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Yesterday, the Yankees and free agent 2B Brian Roberts agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal (plus incentives). The 36-year-old switch hitting second baseman spent his entire 13-year career with Orioles and was best known for his production from 2004 through 2009. During this six year span, Roberts averaged 101 runs, 12 HRs, 35 stolen bases, and a .290 batting average. However, a multitude of injuries have derailed his career and Roberts has only played 192 (!) games over the last four (!) seasons. Abdominal, hip, hamstring, and concussions have unfortunately plagued Roberts. Roberts appeared in 77 games last year, hitting 8 HRs and driving in 39 runs. Roberts has had more success as a right-handed hitter. Last season, he put a .284/.327/.441 slash against LHPs. Roberts is an excellent defender, boasting a career .987 fielding percentage. He only made one error in 540 innings last season. 

As of now, this is purely a low-risk, high reward move. The Yankees could choose to platoon Roberts and Kelly Johnson at second base and utilize their attractive platoon splits. The Yankees need a healthy Roberts to make this possible which has been anything but a sure bet recently.

 

Boy, doesn’t it feel great to have baseball back? The Northeast had to endure one of the snowiest winters in recent memory. Having the Boys of Summer back makes fans completely forget about snow blowers and snow shovels.

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So far, most teams have completed their first five games of the season. We’ve seen long home runs, impressive pitching performances, and whiny umpires. Amidst all the fanfare of the first week, which players have stood out so far? Who should fantasy key on?

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