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Saturday, November 18, 2006

L.A. Times: Angels may want Drew as their center fielder (RR)


Dodgers fans who are upset about J.D. Drew’s decision to opt out of his contract last week might not have to travel far to express their displeasure with the outfielder. The Angels, according to industry sources, are interested in signing Drew to play center field.

Drew, who forfeited $33 million in guaranteed salary from the Dodgers, might not be the Angels’ No. 1 choice. Alfonso Soriano remains the team’s top free-agent target, and the Angels are believed to have extended the slugger an offer of five or six years for about $14 million a year.

The Angels, according to sources, also have made an offer to left-hander Barry Zito, who could command a seven-year deal for as much as $100 million.

Repoz Posted: November 18, 2006 at 12:43 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, dodgers, rumors

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   1. Mark Shirk (jsch) Posted: November 18, 2006 at 02:40 PM (#2241080)
I guess this means that the Red Sox will have to up the offer that they supposedly made of 2 years 30 million? If I were Drew 5 years 70 million is more attractive.
   2. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: November 18, 2006 at 02:43 PM (#2241084)
Did Drew still get booed in Philly last year?
   3. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: November 18, 2006 at 02:51 PM (#2241085)
Yeah. This offer seems to make much more sense than the reported 2/30. And it makes trading Manny look worse.
   4. A Day In the Park Posted: November 18, 2006 at 03:21 PM (#2241096)
This would be great to me, let the Angels have Drew. I think I am one of the few Red Sox fans who DOESN'T want Drew.

I know he's been healthy the last two years (getting beaned in wrist doesn't count), but I don't trust him to stay healthy.

I can't explain it any simpler than that. He's a walking pulled hamstring.

Plus, what's wrong with Manny, Crisp, and Pena?
   5. 1k5v3L Posted: November 18, 2006 at 03:26 PM (#2241097)
Plus, what's wrong with Manny, Crisp, and Pena?

worst defensive outfield in the game.
   6. greenback utilizes raccoons Posted: November 18, 2006 at 03:46 PM (#2241104)
He's a walking pulled hamstring.

Drew had a nasty knee injury in March 2002 and that was corrected by surgery that hindered him at the start of 2003. His other two big injuries were HBPs on the wrist. He'll never play 160 games because he frequently has the Mondays, but he's very good for 140.
   7. AROM Posted: November 18, 2006 at 04:09 PM (#2241109)
I'd rather have Drew for 120 than Soriano for 155.

Soriano did walk 67 times last year, more than in 2004-05 combined. Here's how I see it:

1. 16 intentionals, obviously will not be repeated
2. Average for 03-05 was 35, so he's 16 over his normal amount
3. Part of this is aging, most players walk more as they get older, part might be real player improvement, part might be luck.
4. I project him for about 45 walks next year, which is good for about a .320-.330 OBP.

Some teams can benefit from adding a high power hitter with low OBP like that. The already OBP-challenged Angels are not one of them.
   8. rr Posted: November 18, 2006 at 06:58 PM (#2241184)
Drew is an excellent fit for the Angels, in that he brings OBP, can slide to DH sometimes, and if he gets banged up, they have Figgins to rest him.

5 yrs is too long, though. I'd try 3/45 if I were Stoneman.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: November 18, 2006 at 07:58 PM (#2241201)
5 yrs is too long, though. I'd try 3/45 if I were Stoneman.

I think the 5-6 year, $14 M per offer is to Soriano. At the end of the article, it says Drew might command a 4-year, $14 M per offer.

But your offer sounds about right -- 3/$42 with an option for a 4th year at $14 M with a $3 M buyout. I suppose that would probably end up structured more like $13/$14/$15 with a $16 M option.
   10. Raskolnikov Posted: November 18, 2006 at 08:05 PM (#2241204)
JD Drew seems like a Beane type of player. Somehow, I feel like Beane is going to swoop in and snatch Drew at the bell.
   11. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: November 18, 2006 at 08:48 PM (#2241231)
How many frakking outfielders do the A's need? I can't see Beane getting in on this action.

I have no doubt that if the Angels sign DJ Drew, he'll immediately become Darin Erstad's mirror in center field -- he'll kick ass with the bat (instead of the glove) for a few months, strike out looking for half his outs with guys on (instead of grounding out to second), and get injured for the year in May.

If he signs with any other team, he'll be fine.

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