PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 04: Stephen Drew #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks lines an RBI double to right field against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on July 4, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
UPDATE - Olney is now reporting that the Pirates have also not had any discussions with the Diamondbacks involving Drew.
Source: The Pirates have had no conversations with the Diamondbacks about Stephen Drew.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 19, 2012
4:34 PM EDT - Buster Olney of ESPN heard from a source that the Red Sox have not spoken to the Diamondbacks regarding Drew, contrary to the initial report:
Source: Contrary to report, Red Sox have not spoken to Arizona about Stephen Drew at all.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 19, 2012
4:00 PM EDT - While it remains to be determined if the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to trade outfielder Justin Upton this summer, shortstop Stephen Drew, who’s drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, "appears to be generating enough attention to get moved," reports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
It’s still unclear whether the Diamondbacks will trade right fielder Justin Upton. But shortstop Stephen Drew appears to be generating enough attention to get moved.
The Pirates, Red Sox and Tigers are among the teams interested in Drew, according to major-league sources.
Rosenthal and Morosi add that the Pirates would use Drew at short, where they currently have the league’s worst OPS among shortstops (.515). They say the Red Sox would use the 29-year-old as a backup infielder and the Tigers could use him at short or off the bench.
Drew has maintained an OPS of only .496 over his 15 games with the Diamondbacks this season, but he owns a career line of .268/.329/.439 over his seven seasons in the majors.
Is Drew still a starter or should he be relegated to a bench role?