The Yankees have acquired shortstop Stephen Drew from the Red Sox, as first reported by ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. In exchange, the Red Sox will receive Kelly Johnson from the Yankees, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Drew is the seventh Red Sox player to be moved in the last few days, joining Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront and Andrew Miller. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Drew will play second base for the Yankees, with Derek Jeter staying at shortstop. The Yankees will also take on "almost all" of the approximately $5 million remaining on Drew's contract, according to CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam.
Drew has struggled since returning to the Red Sox in May after a lengthy holdout as a result of a lack of interest because of him being attached to draft pick compensation. Since joining the Red Sox, Drew has hit a putrid .176/.255/.328 with a 56 wRC+ and 0.0 WAR, though he has hit well over the past couple weeks. The 31-year-old Drew hit .253/.333/.443 with a 109 wRC+ and 3.4 WAR in 501 plate appearances with Boston last season, playing a key role in their run to the World Series.
The 32-year-old Johnson has hit .219/.304/.373 this season, while spending time at first base, third base, second base, left field, right fielder, and designated hitter. A career 102 OPS+ hitter, Johnson is making $3 million this year and will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is currently on the DL with a strained groin, and should serve in a utility capacity once he returns.
The last time the Yankees and Red Sox pulled off a trade together was in August of 1997, when New York sent Tony Armas to Boston for Mike Stanley.