The Oakland Athletics will be paying the full remainder of new shortstop Stephen Drew's salary for this season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakland announced during Monday night's game that Drew had been acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With a 2012 salary of $7.75 million, Drew has roughly $1.9 million remaining through the end of this season. The Athletics will taking on that tab in full, although this does give them the opportunity to audition a player that was recently one of the most dynamic shortstops in the game.
As Athletics Assistant GM David Forst told Casey Pratt of CSN Bay Area, "Let's see how the next six weeks go," regarding the shortstop's mutual option for the 2013 season.
Drew's contract includes a $10 million mutual option for the 2013 season with a $1.35 million buyout attached, although it seems likely that option will be declined unless the shortstop blows team officials away in the coming weeks. Drew has hit an abysmal .193/.290/.311 this season, but that's an actually an upgrade from what the A's have gotten at shortstop this year.