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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 8:13am  

Sources: Sox add Stephen Drew on 1-yr deal

Multiple industry sources confirmed Monday morning that the Red Sox have an agreement on a one-year deal (with no options) with free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. The news was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who wrote that it's a one-year deal worth $9.5 million.

Drew, 29, finished last season with the Athletics after being traded from the Diamondbacks following 6 1/2 seasons in Arizona. For the year, he hit .223/.309/.348 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs in 79 games. He missed the early part of the season while recovering from an ankle injury suffered the prior season.

In his seven-year career, Drew is hitting .265/.328/.433 with 77 home runs and 349 RBIs in 812 games.

The A's, Yankees and Cardinals reportedly also had interest in Drew, whose older brother, J.D., played five seasons in the Boston outfield before retiring after the 2011 season.

The Sox have viewed Drew as a strong fit for almost all of the offseason given his ability to provide an established big league everyday player at shortstop who can deliver a patient, grinding approach at the plate. The fact that he is left-handed should also lend itself to some lineup balance after signings of Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes and David Ross.

One source familiar with the agreement said that the team's offseason-long pursuit of Drew was unrelated to recent questions about the status of the team's deal with Mike Napoli. 

With Drew on board as the everyday shortstop, Jose Iglesias seems likely to open 2013 back in the minors. 

For more on the Drew agreement, click here. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

Alex Speier contributed to this report.




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