Friday, November 10, 2006

JD Drew an unrestricted FA

OK - I would call this officially interesting!

Another sign that the FA market this winter is not that strong - JD Drew, like Aramis Ramirez, before him, has chosen to void the final years on his deal, to take his "chances" on the market. Given that he is walking away from $33m, I am guessing his agent has given him a warm and fuzzy feeling about what might be out there.

Drew, who turns 31 on Saturday, hit .283 with 20 homers and 100 RBIs last season -- his second with the Dodgers. He signed a five-year, $55 million contract on Dec. 23, 2004, and had been guaranteed $33 million over the next three years with Los Angeles.

No one has ever doubted Drew's ability, the questions have always surrounded his willingness to display that talent consistently, and in an injury free manner. Indeed, many of the questions have seemed to surround just how serious an injury it actually takes to get Drew out of the lineup - a broken fingernail, a split end...

So do the Sox say those trends (SLG, OBP) are worrying, or is JD a RF option in 2007?



It is probably fair to say that the Dodgers aren't responding to Drew's actions the way the Cubs are;

"He wants out, he can have out. He's moving on, we're moving on. We'll find players who like playing here. If he doesn't want to be here, he has the right to leave"

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At 12:39 pm, Blogger s1c said...

My first thought here was that he might be a good fit for the Sox, but after reading some posts on Win Shares decided to look up his shares for the last 3 years at the hardball times. He had 34 shares in 04, 13 in 05 and 21 in 06. With his base salary right now being over 11 million I don't see how he could fit into the Sox.

I think I would rather have them keep Lowell, Gonzalez and Youkilis as the main core of the infield and they need to get pitching.


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