Ken Rosenthal: Pirates Interested in Stephen Drew

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the Pirates’ interest in Arizona RF Justin Upton, but today we found out the club is also interested in one of his teammates, short stop Stephen Drew.

Rosenthal points out that Drew would be an almost certain upgrade offensively for the Pirates, who currently boast the majors worst OPS at the position (.515). Drew just recently came off the disabled list and is hitting .192/.246/.350 over 15 games, so it really isn’t worth reading too much into those stats.

Drew has a $10 million mutual option for next season with a $1.35 million buyout, so barring an awesome comeback, would be a rental-type player and shouldn’t net too much of a return in a trade.

Buster Olney also reported today that the Pirates have yet to have any real discussions about a trade, however, with the Diamondbacks.

Drew certainly is an upgrade over Barmes (pretty much any breathing short stop is at this point), but I may wait to see if the market opens up a bit more closer to the deadline as it is possible a few others at the position could become available the sooner it becomes.