Red Sox Sign SS Stephen Drew

The Boston Red Sox have signed shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year, $9.5 million contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Drew’s new deal with the Red Sox includes $500,000 in performance bonuses, adds Buster Olney of ESPN.

The Red Sox view Drew as a one-year stopgap at shortstop to provide prospect Jose Iglesias additional time to develop. While Iglesias’ glove is already viewed as major league-ready, he has struggled at the plate.

Drew got off to a rough start last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but performed better once he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. The 29-year-old hit .250/.326/.382 over 152 at-bats for the A’s, and he owns a line of .265/.328/.433 over seven seasons at the major league level.

Drew marks the latest significant offseason addition of the Red Sox, who have also signed outfielder Shane Victorino, right-hander Ryan Dempster and catcher David Ross. Boston is also working toward a deal with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli.

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