Thursday, January 25, 2007

Red Sox, Drew Agree to Agree

From "Red Sox, Drew resolve contract issues" (AP/

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and J.D. Drew finally resolved their wrangling over the outfielder's five-year, $70 million contract -- more than seven weeks after agreeing to everything except what to do about his surgically repaired right shoulder....

The Red Sox reached a tentative agreement with Drew on Dec. 5, but the deal was delayed over possible damage lingering from September 2005 shoulder surgery. After wrangling for weeks -- interrupted by the holidays and Boston's pursuit of Japanese ace Daisuke Matsuzaka, another Boras client -- the sides agreed on language that would allow the team to opt out of guaranteed money in 2010 and 2011 if a specified pre-existing injury recurs.

The language is similar to that in Magglio Ordonez's deal with the Detroit Tigers. Boras and the players' association agreed that if the Red Sox exercise their rights under that language, neither Drew nor the union would contend that the language is unenforceable.

Sons of Steve Garvey warmly wishes J.D. Drew a hearty congratulations and hopes he finds continued success with his new team.

Nah, just kidding. We hate his guts.


Jon Weisman said...

Shoot, I expected more of your guys. "Hate his guts?"

Orel said...

Um, "loathe his innards"?

Low standards, Jon. Comes in very handy.

Steve Sax said...

Overheard in the Red Sox/Giants schoolyard today during recess:

"We've got an-overpriced-clubhouse-pariah-outfielder,
Yes, we do.
We've got an-overpriced-clubhouse-pariah-outfielder,
How about you?"

The kids in the orange and black outfits (better suited for Halloween anyway) were quiet and had no response to the taunt.

Orel said...

"Just you wait," muttered an orange-and-black-outfit kid under his breath.

Steve Sax said...

...And then the orange-and-black-outfitted kid went back to his three lockers, got his lunch, and sat down in his reclining chair.