Shortstop Stephen Drew has signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports Monday.
The deal includes $500,000 in performances bonuses for the free agent.
Drew, 29, became available when the Oakland Athletics rejected a $10 million mutual option on his contract in October. Instead, Drew received a $1.35 million buyout on his A’s contract.
He came to Oakland in August after a trade with Arizona, where he was hitting .193.
Drew had returned to action with the Diamondbacks this past season after suffering a fractured ankle during a slide at home plate in a game with Milwaukee in July 2011.
In 39 regular-season games with Oakland in 2012, Drew hit .250 with five homers and 16 RBI. Between the A’s and Diamondbacks, he hit .223 in 327 plate appearances.
Before acquiring Drew, the Red Sox were faced with the prospect of going with light-hitting prospect Jose Iglesias at shortstop next season.
The addition of Drew continues an offseason makeover for the Red Sox, who already have signed Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, David Ross and Mike Napoli.
Drew is the brother of former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew.
Blue Jays acquire Mets’ Dickey
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays bolstered an already formidable starting rotation by acquiring reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in a seven-player swap with the New York Mets, the team said on Monday.
Dickey, a 38-year-old knuckleball pitcher who went 20-6 with a 2.73 earned-run average last season, is the centerpiece of a trade that also sends catcher Josh Thole and a prospect to Toronto, the Blue Jays said in a statement.
The deal, which was contingent upon Dickey securing a three-year, $29 million extension from the Blue Jays, sends catcher John Buck, blue-chip prospects Travis D’Arnaud (catcher) and Noah Syndergaard (pitcher) and another prospect to New York.
The acquisition marks the third major offseason move by a Blue Jays team that is suddenly a contender in the American League East after years of toiling near the bottom of a tough division that includes the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Twins add 2 starting pitchers
The Twins have gone from a rotation in shambles to one that’s nearly complete.
The team officially signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a two-year, $10 million contract Dec. 12 after the career National Leaguer passed his physical. He likely will slot into the No. 3 spot in the rotation behind left-hander Scott Diamond and right-hander Vance Worley.
A few days later, the Twins reportedly agreed to terms with Mike Pelfrey on a one-year deal worth $4 million. According to multiple media outlets, Pelfrey could earn an additional $1.5 million in incentive bonuses.
Pelfrey, 28, pitched in three games, all starts, and had an 0-0 record and a 2.29 ERA in 2012 before undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. The Mets non-tendered him because they didn’t want to pay the salary he would have received through arbitration. Pelfrey is expected to be ready for the start of the 2013 season.
The rotation looks a lot different than it did at season’s end, when Diamond was the only lock for 2013.
Torres returns to share left field with Blanco
The Giants found their platoon player in left field, and San Francisco fans won’t need to rush to the history books, stat books or Internet to find out about him.
They know Andres Torres very well already.
Torres, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Giants, and he will split time in left with Gregor Blanco, a left-handed batter. Torres is a switch hitter who hits better right-handed. With the Mets last season, he batted .286 against lefties.
He hit just .230 overall because of an ugly .195 mark against righties.
The Mets non-tendered Torres last month because they didn’t want to go to arbitration with him.
The Giants’ left field situation might not necessarily be a straight platoon. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated both Torres and Blanco would compete for playing time. In other words, Bochy could play the hot hand, and both have been known to be streaky.
Torres was an instrumental part of the Giants’ 2010 championship team. He was traded to the Mets after the 2011 season in the deal that turned Angel Pagan into a Giant.