Stephen Drew returns to Red Sox for 2014

Stephen Drew re-signed with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after having been without a job since the team's World Series championship last October.
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Stephen Drew re-signed with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after having been without a job since the team's World Series championship last October.
Posted May 20, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
Last modified May 20, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.

Shortstop Stephen Drew is back with the Boston Red Sox after signing with the team for the rest of the season, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

His prorated contract runs through the rest of the 2014 season and will play him approximately $10 million, CBSSports.com reported.

Drew has not played since the Red Sox won the World Series in October. During the offseason, he refused a qualifying offer of $14.1 million and was not picked up as a free agent because of the draft-pick compensation attached to another team signing him.

The 31-year-old batted .253 with 13 home runs and 67 RBIs last season.

The Red Sox (20-23) have used rookie Xander Bogaerts at short, but he could move to third base now that Drew is back.

Bogaerts played third during the playoffs last year. Will Middlebrooks took over at third but is batting just .197 and is on the disabled list with a broken finger.

Drew’s signing leaves Kendrys Morales as the only unsigned free agent who received a qualifying offer after last season.

Mariners make moves

The Seattle Mariners placed designated hitter Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strained left hamstring and replaced him with hot-hitting utilityman Nick Franklin on Tuesday.

Franklin was to join the Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma before Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

The 23-year-old Franklin leads the Pacific Coast League with a .376 batting average and a .481 on-base percentage. He also has seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 30 games.

Hart, 32, strained the hamstring on a stolen base in the fourth inning of Sunday’s 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tests showed an intermediate Grade 2 strain.

Hart is batting .209 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 37 games. He is eligible to come off the DL on June 3.

A two-time National League All-Star with the Milwaukee Brewers, Hart missed all of last season after microfracture surgeries on both knees. He signed a one-year, $6 million free-agent contract with the Mariners in the offseason.

Lindstrom goes to DL

Closer Matt Lindstrom was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, making him the sixth opening day regular to be shut down.

Lindstrom, 34, was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and six saves in 19 appearances. He dislocated a tendon in his right ankle coming off the mound to field a bunt in the ninth inning of Monday’s win over the Kansas City Royals.

To replace Lindstrom on the roster, the White Sox purchased the contract of 28-year-old right-hander Javy Guerra. Guerra has closing experience and had a 2.33 ERA with three saves in 14 games with Triple-A Charlotte.

 

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