Wire Taps: With Matt Wieters, Nationals have options; Clint Robinson, Adam Lind fighting for job; Stephen Drew happy to return

It's morning and there are links, so this is another great day! Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before another morning at Spring Training begins...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
14 hours ago

Stephen Drew chose the Nationals over offers to start elsewhere

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Stephen Drew could’ve leveraged his bounce-back 2016 season into a starting job as a free agent over the winter. There’s a market for veterans capable of playing three infield positions with some pop at the plate and tempting offers to start were presented to him. A few years ago, Drew probably […]
Via Nationals Journal
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why it's no surprise that Matt Wieters landed with the Nationals

On Jan. 21, I texted a general manager and asked, “Where is Matt Wieters going?”His reply: “Come on – you know – everybody knows!”The GM, of course, was referring to Team Boras, also known as the Washington Nationals.Virtually everyone in the industry predicted that the Nats would be the landing spot for Wieters, a switch-hitting catcher who was the best remaining free...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

INF Stephen Drew, Nationals agree to $3.5M, 1-year contract

WASHINGTON (AP) Backup infielder Stephen Drew agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to return to the Washington Nationals as a versatile member of their bench. The team announced the deal on Thursday, after Drew passed his physical exam. The Nationals did not reveal the financial terms, but a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that Drew will make...
Via Associated Press
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals re-sign Stephen Drew to one-year contract

The Washington Nationals and Stephen Drew have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The contract includes a base worth slightly more than the $3 million Drew made last season, his first in Washington, plus incentives. Drew, who turns 34 in March, is Washington’s second free-agent […]
Via Nationals Journal
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew makes all his money in right field

There is an inherent opportunism to writing that I occasionally find a bit uncomfortable. Often I find myself cheering for specific outcomes because they would make a long-standing idea of mine become timely. If I’m dying to write something about Alex’s Rodriguez’s opposite-field power and he puts one out to right field it won’t make or break a story, but it’s a nifty...
Via BP Bronx
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Tick tock, tick tock... Stephen Drew is on the clock

Last night, by 2015 standards, Stephen Oris Drew had a solid game: 0-3 with a walk. He got on base via an error - then got doubled up on a liner (not entirely his fault.) At 2B, he didn't Yangervis or Nunez any grounders. Yep, a big night, all around.That's how miserable our 2B situation has become. A walk = big night.Watching Drew - uniform dirty, teeth perpetually gritted...

Yankees will be patient with Stephen Drew

Whether fans like it or not, the New York Yankees will be patient with Stephen Drew. He gave everyone a reason to exhale and deliberate on his status with the club after a pinch-hit grand slam in Monday night’s 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.Stephen DrewPhoto courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.Drew is much maligned after putting together what was one of the worst seasons...
Via Yankees Unscripted
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Stephen Drew to start at second base?

After Robinson Cano’s departure from the New York Yankees, it has been extremely hard to fill the void at second base. Cano was a power-house hitter, a stand out asset to the New York starting lineup. In 2013, his last season with the Yankees, he batted .314, while slamming 27 homeruns and knocking in 107 RBI’s. His talent speaks for itself. He could have easily been the next...
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Stephen Drew's asking price for 2015 is '9M to $10M'

Stephen Drew certainly thinks a lot of himself. The free-agent veteran infielder has drawn interest from a number of teams this offseason, including the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics, but he might continue to remain on the open market if agent Scott Boras doesn’t lower his asking price substantially. According to Joel Sherman of the...
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

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