Report: Atlanta Braves interested in Stephen Drew at second base


The term “home grown talent,” in baseball, usually means that a team drafts, develops and sees a player rise through their system before, ultimately, making it through the show. For example, Freddie Freeman for the Atlanta Braves. Drafted, developed and now playing for the Braves all throughout his career.

However, the Braves are seemingly taking that term to a whole new meaning. After signing Nick Markakis last week (yes, an Atlanta native), Jon Heyman of is reporting the Braves might be interested in another Georgia native at a position that has a huge question mark for now.

Stephen Drew

Heyman reports the Yanks, Mets and Athletics are all interested in the second baseman, but after acquiring Didi Gregorius yesterday, the NYY seem to be out of the running.

Of course, second base right now for the Atlanta Braves is a huge question mark since they sent Tommy La Stella to the Cubs just a couple weeks into the offseason. While Atlanta does have options, none of them seem ideal and none of them have much experience in the Show. Phil Gosselin, Tyler Pastornicky and Jose Peraza all seem to be popular candidates, but Drew coming in – even if for a year – will give those guys more room for error (especially Peraza as he learns the position at the MLB level), and might be worth the one-year rental, if the price isn’t too steep.