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Storylines: Stephen Drew re-ups with Washington Nationals

The IBI's Daniel Sherriff runs down all the news and notes from around baseball on Thursday...

Top Storylines:

- The Washington Nationals bolstered their infield depth on Thursday as they re-signed veteran infielder Stephen Drew to a one-year, $3.5MM deal per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.  He will be able to earn up to $1.2MM in incentives over the course of the season.  The Nationals had a need to bring back Drew to back up their infield.  While they have all their infield positions sorted out, the trade of Danny Espinosa left them short on back-up infielders.  Wilmer Difo has the glove to back-up the infield but lacks the experience while Drew has plenty of experience playing in a super utility role.  He enjoyed a nice bounce back season with the Nats in 2016 as he hit .266/.339/.524 in a limited role across 165 plate appearances as well as cranked eight home runs.  His left-handed pop makes him a useful bench bat and gives the Nationals a solid infield reserve on their bench as they prepare to make a push for the NL East Crown for the second consecutive year.

Other Storylines:

- The New York Mets are casting a wide net in the free agent reliever pool per Ken Rosenthal.  They have reportedly checked in on Joe Smith, Segio Romo, and Jerry Blevins.  The Mets are a little thin on bullpen depth especially with the looming suspension of closer Jeurys Familia as he was implicated in a domestic violence incident over the offseason.

- Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu is telling reporters he is pain-free and ready to go for the 2017 season per the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea.  Ryu has been able to make just one start in the majors over the last two years due to various ailments but is now prepared to put it all behind him.

- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez reportedly underwent a hernia surgery in October per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.  Martinez is reportedly set to undergo a normal routine in Spring Training and shouldn’t be expected to miss Opening Day.


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