OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics have acquired veteran shortstop Stephen Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson, the club announced this evening.
Drew, who missed 137 games with Arizona from July 21, 2011 through June 26 due to a fractured right ankle, was batting .193 with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI in 40 games since returning to the Diamondbacks. He will report to Oakland tomorrow, at which time corresponding 40-man and 25-man roster moves will be made.
The 29-year-old Drew was Arizona’s first selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft (15th overall) out of Florida State and has played parts of the past seven seasons with the Diamondbacks. He is a .266 career hitter with 176 doubles, 52 triples, 72 home runs and 333 RBI in 773 games. The Valdosta, Ga. native enjoyed his best major league seasons under the tutelage of A’s Manager Bob Melvin, who piloted the Diamondbacks from 2005-09.
Drew produced his best season in 2008, when he batted .291 with 44 doubles, 11 triples, 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 152 games, thus becoming only the third shortstop in baseball history to post 40 doubles, 10 triples and 20 homers in a season (Milwaukee’s Robin Yount in 1980 and 1982; Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra in 1997). He was named the 2008 BBWAA Diamondbacks Player of the Year after the season.
A season earlier, while batting only .238 with 12 homers and 60 RBI on Melvin’s 2007 NL West Championship team, Drew enjoyed a brilliant post-season run in hitting .387 with two home runs and four RBI in seven playoff games. He hit .500 (7-for-14) with two homers and four RBI against the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS and batted .294 (5-for-17) vs. the Colorado Rockies in the NLCS that year.
With Arizona this season, he has gone hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is batting .069 (2-for-29) in his last nine games. However, he hit homers in consecutive games Aug. 5-7.
Jamieson, 23, was Oakland’s 17th round choice out of Canisius College in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The 6-0, 193-pound Simcoe, Ontario, Canada product is hitting .234 (105-for-449) with 25 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 49 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 118 games at Single-A Burlington. He hit .235 with three homers, 21 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 69 games with Short-A Vermont in his first professional season in 2011.