Since our miniature spree, if you could even call it that, which I really don’t think you can, we added one more name to the list: Drew. The other Drew. We signed Stephen to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million.
His numbers last year were not that great. He batted .223 with a .309 on-base percentage and hit seven home runs while batting in twenty-eight. He only played in seventy-nine games; he broke his right ankle in 2011 and had all sorts of issues with it throughout last season. He started the year in Arizona and ended it in Oakland, where he had an optimistic finish. He’s an okay fielder; his fielding percentage last year was in the neighborhood of .970. That’s lower than I’d like for a shortstop, which, as we all know, is probably the most challenging infield position defensively.
This means that Jose Iglesias won’t be our starting shortstop for next year, at least, in case you were wondering.
In other news, the 49ers beat the Pats, 41-34.
I’ll be taking a break for about a week and a half. Hopefully we’ll have gotten some good, solid things going in that time.