Jul 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Anthony Gose (8) safely steals second base past Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (7) during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox trade Stephen Drew for Yankees' Kelly Johnson

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In a situation not unlike X2: X-Men United, the Red Sox completed a deal with their arch-nemeses the New York Yankees today, exchanging shortstop Stephen Drew for Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson.

ESPN reported that Stephen Drew was traded right before Thursday’s deadline, making him the fifth (!) Red Sox player to pack his bags on Thursday alone. When he puts on the pinstripes, ESPN’s report pegs Drew as a likely fielding replacement for Brian Roberts, who is projected to be designated for assignment by the Yankees shortly. The Yankees currently are playing Chase Headley at third, and nobody needs a reminder who’s currently holding down shortstop in the Bronx.

Stephen Drew was part of the 2013 World Series Championship Red Sox, then was re-signed on May 22nd of this year. Drew’s batting has made some pitchers look good by comparison in 2014 – he’s hitting a vomit-inducing .176 with 4 dingers on the season and 11 RBIs.

Kelly Johnson, who’s heading to Beantown after playing in Atlanta, Toronto, Arizona, Tampa Bay, and New York City, is faring slightly better at .219 with six home runs and 22 RBIs.

It’s been quite the day for the Red Sox, who have been wheeling and dealing since early this morning as they look to maximize their chances to strengthen the team offensively and rebuild for the not-too-distant future, while all but admitting that the 2014 is a bust of historic proportions. Worst to first to worst again sure has an awful ring to it, and Ben Cherington and company seem hell-bent on making sure it doesn’t happen again.

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