Drew, who suffered a terrible ankle injury in July of 2011, posted a .223/309/.348 slash line in 79 games with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics last season. Arizona management criticized the former first round pick in the 2004 draft for his slow recovery and commitment to getting back on the field. Drew didn’t play his first game of the season until June 27th.
The D’Backs traded him to Oakland on August 21st for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson.
The Red Sox have now signed Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, David Ross and Mike Napoli (although still not official) this off-season. All good signings, but still not enough to challenge the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East after they added Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Melky Cabrera, and R.A. Dickey (pending a contract extension).