The Detroit Tigers are interested in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew and would like to sign him to a short-term deal, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi:
The 29-year-old Drew is coming off a trying 2012 season, where he hit just .228 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 79 total games between Arizona and Oakland. The Diamondbacks traded Drew to the Athletics in August in exchange for a minor leaguer. The shortstop did see an uptick in production in Oakland, but he still managed just a .250 average and .326 on-base percentage in 39 games with the A's. Drew hit .286 with one RBI in five playoff games against the Tigers.
Drew was once considered one of the better shortstop prospects in baseball. In 2008 with Arizona, Drew hit .291 and posted career-highs in home runs (21) and RBI (67). However, he has not been able to match those numbers since then.
Jhonny Peralta currently calls shortstop home for Detroit, but trade rumors have been swirling around the 30-year-old. The Tigers' hard pursuit of Drew could signal that a Peralta deal may be near.