November 29, 2006

CAN YOU SPELL KEVIN MCREYNOLDS...:

Sox reportedly getting closer to deal with Drew (SEAN McADAM, 11/29/06, Providence Journal)

According to industry sources throughout baseball, the Red Sox are nearing completion of a multi-year deal for free-agent outfielder J.D. Drew.

Drew stands ready to sign a four-year contract, with the two sides still at work on a fifth year that would offer the Red Sox some protection with the injury-prone Drew.

It's unknown whether the fifth year will be in the form of a vesting option -- under which Drew could guarantee the final year by reaching minimum numbers of games played and at-bats recorded -- or a straight team option.


According to Baseball Prospectus, Mr. Drew's most comparable major league players are Johnny Grubb and Johnny Briggs, neither of whom was much use even in their early thirties and didn't make it until their late, and Bobby Abreu, who's gotten to play in the steroid era. So limiting the contract to four years or less is obviously a must. The money is insignificant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2006 9:55 AM
Comments

How in the heck does Gary Matthews Jr. get $50 million? He is a career .260 hitter.

Posted by: pchuck at November 29, 2006 11:43 AM

Remember when people in St. Louis warned that Edgar Renteria didn't have the emotional strength to hold up under the nightmare of playing in Boston? Drew's toughness level makes Renteria look like the love child of Michael Jordan & Joe Montana.

Posted by: b at November 29, 2006 12:44 PM

Check out TJ Simers' encounters with Drew in the pages of the LA Times. No way JD survives Fenway.

Posted by: Foos at November 29, 2006 11:18 PM

Check out TJ Simers' encounters with Drew in the LA Times...no way JD survives Fenway...

Posted by: Foos at November 29, 2006 11:19 PM
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