J.D. Drew had long been the butt of jokes for Red Sox fans frustrated with fragile baseball players who seemingly lacked emotion.
Forgive many Boston hardball fans who yesterday snickered when the news came out that the Red Sox had signed J.D.’s brother, Stephen Drew, to a one-year, $9.5 million deal, according to CBS Sports.
Stephen Drew made his MLB bones with the Diamondbacks, churning out several solid years in Arizona from 2006-2012. The shortstop had his best season in 2008, hitting 21 home runs with an OBP of .333 in 152 games.
Conventional thinking says that the Red Sox will now keep prized shortstop prospects Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts in the minors for the 2013 season with Drew as the stop-gap.
The 29-year-old Drew was dealt from Arizona to Oakland this past August and had marginal success with the A’s as he batted .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games.