PHOENIX -- All but certain to lose the best shortstop in franchise history, Stephen Drew, to free agency over the winter, the Diamondbacks did what they could to replenish the position by trading Drew to Oakland for Class A shortstop Sean Jamieson after Mondays game.
Drew will be reunited with former D-backs manager Bob Melvin in Oakland and will be even more involved in a pennant race than he was in Arizona. The As are a half-game out of the second AL wild-card position. The two aren't strangers to a pennant race, as Drew was a key component when Melvin led the D-backs to the 2007 NL West title.
The teams had talked about a deal around the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, but shortstop Willie Bloomquist was bothered by a sore back at the time and general manager Kevin Towers said he did not believe it was prudent to trade Drew then. Oakland claimed Drew on waivers two days ago, and the sides worked out the trade last night.
Drew said he was a little shocked when he was told abo...