Was Drew True Blue?

Was Drew True Blue?

Red Sox rightfielder J.D. Drew at the plate.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

False. J.D. Jumped Ship and, Surprise,
LA Wouldn't Throw Him a Life Preserver

Eric Wilbur: Security Guarded

"Now we know what the J.D. Drew fiasco was all about over the winter.

'We were looking for some job security,' Drew told the Los Angeles Times yesterday.

"Oh, job security. Of course, aren’t we all. After all, who out there doesn’t have the freedom to spit at $33 million and somehow con someone else into giving you more than twice that?" -- 3.6.07, Eric Wilbur, Boston.com

LA Times: Drew's Departure from Dodgers Remains Hot Topic

" 'J.D. had a limited no-trade clause. The question was never asked of me, 'Would you give him a complete no-trade clause?' 'Dodger general manager Ned Colletti said. 'That was never a question that was ever asked. So it was never a point of negotiations.'...

"There had been speculation that Boras had already discussed Drew's availability with other teams but needed the Dodgers' participation to drive the price up. Drew and Boras denied those charges, and the Dodgers, after briefly considering filing tampering charges against Boston, let the matter drop.

"Colletti remains unconvinced.

" 'I'd rather not tell you my sense of whether or not he had already decided to go," the general manager said. 'I know very clearly that I wasn't going to increase the salary or increase the duration [of the contract] because he had the right to leave.

'The no-trade thing, it was never a point of discussion.' " -- 3.6.07, Los Angeles Times

Herald: Drew Leaves LA Hurtful

“Absolutely. We told them up front when we opted out that they were on top of the list, and we wanted to keep the channels open and talk about re-signing there. But after I opted out, they really showed no interest.” -- 3.6.07, J.D. Drew, who can't seriously be wondering why the Dodgers might be gun shy about pursuing him after he opted out of his contract with them

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BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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