Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote a blurb this morning in the notes of his column:
"Multiple sources say they are set to sign free-agent outfielder J.D. Drew, the Phillies’ old amigo, for a 4-year, $48 million deal."
Not sure what to make of that one. I could see such an offer going out, but I expect Drew to relax and wait at least a few weeks before signing. Maybe let one of the other big bats get signed first.
Ken Rosenthal and his sources see the Red Sox, Cubs, and Astros as the main suitors. And while it’s just speculation right now, could the Jays get involved? The Cubs are committed to Jacque Jones in right field, so perhaps Drew would take his brittle body to center. The Red Sox would have to do something with Coco Crisp or Wily Mo Pena to make it fit.
Drew will be 31 next season; can Scott Boras squeeze any more than four years out of anyone? It seems unlikely. Perhaps, though, a team would pay extra to keep the commitment smaller.