Red Sox send Drew To Yankees

 

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Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox continued their busy trade deadline day by sending shortstop Stephen Drew and cash to the division-rival Yankees for infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson on Thursday.

Drew, 31, has struggled at the plate this season, hitting just .176 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 39 games. He is expected to play second base for the Yankees.

The nine-year veteran, who was re-signed by Boston to a one-year, $10 million contract in May, is a career .261 hitter and has 94 home runs with 427 RBI across 975 games for Arizona, Oakland and Boston.

Johnson played in 77 games for the Yankees this season, hitting .219 with six home runs and 22 RBI.

The 32-year-old owns a .251 career batting average with 130 home runs and 464 RBI in 1,128 games, spanning nine seasons with Atlanta, Arizona, Toronto, Tampa Bay and the Yankees.

Earlier in the day, Boston shipped pitcher Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes to Oakland for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, traded veteran starter John Lackey to St. Louis for outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly and sent reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

The last trade between the Yankees and Red Sox was on August 13, 1997 when New York acquired Mike Stanley and Randy Brown from Boston for Tony Armas and Jim Mecir.

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