Dodgers get lucky on Drew

Just when it looked like the Dodgers would be stuck with three more years of right fielder J.D. Drew at $11 million per, the lackadaisical one has decided to try his luck in the free agent market. He exercised the opt-out clause written into his deal two years ago and became a free agent. The Dodgers don't have a ready replacement for right field, but I suspect they aren't weeping. Drew had a good year, OPSing 891 and managing to play in a career-best 146 games, but he's not the difference maker that some expected. His 31-homer season in Atlanta in 2004 looks more and more like a fluke. He's only broken 20 one other time. He also was maddeningly unaggressive and, by most accounts, unwilling to play hurt. At 31 he didn't figure to get better. Use the $33 million and the positional flexibility to get a gamer or two who bring more stick to the plate.

Add Drew: Josh Rawitch posts that he and most of the Dodgers front office were surprised, especially since Drew told the Register's Bill Plunkett in September that he had no intention of leaving.

"Ultimately it’s my decision, and we’re happy where we’re at. We love our house in Pasadena. My wife is happy. She’s made a lot of friends in our neighborhood and with the other players’ wives. That’s really the thing that was nerve-wracking about it (free agency) for me.

“At some point, you make those commitments and you stick to them.”

Ken Gurnick reports at MLB.com that Drew's agent, Scott Boras, now wants to negotiate with the Dodgers. But GM Ned Colletti, "clearly annoyed," said it's time to turn the page. "He moved on and we'll move on. We'll find a player who wants to stay here."

Quip of the day: "I know J.D. is a spiritual guy and a man of his word. I guess he changed his word." — Colletti

November 9, 2006 6:22 PM • Native Intelligence • Email the editor
 

© 2003-2014   •  About LA Observed  •  Contact the editor
LA Biz Observed
2:07 PM Sat | The funeral for Mark Lacter will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12 noon at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles 90045. Reception to follow.
Native Intelligence
Don Shirley | The outdoors venues in Los Angeles this summer constitute one of America's largest Shakespearean hotspots. Let Don Shirley be your guide.
Jenny Burman | Their voices were cutting in and out as they followed Marisol's path up the hillside. Hot dogs wouldn't hurt. Hot dogs to fight a curse.
Jon Christensen and Mark Gold | Natural history museums grew out of the "Wunderkammer"--a device for cultivating wonder in the face of the amazing diversity and weirdness of the world, but also for discovery, of the new, the unknown, of patterns, and laws. The LA River has become a kind of cabinet of wonders for Los Angeles: a site for thinking about and making sense of nature and culture in the city.
Phil Wallace | The Dodgers do need help in the back of their rotation. But giving up a top prospect for an ace like David Price would be a huge mistake.
Al Martinez | Martinez lies abed craving a hot, sweet thing right then and there, but Cinelli who lies next to him can always figure him out and suggests that he might just relax and think of puppies instead.
Visiting Blogger | Yahoo finally changed its incorrect info on his client -- after he tweeted CEO Marissa Mayer -- but Google still lists the wrong name, address and industry. "Google plainly does not care," says our guest blogger.
Bill Boyarsky
The latest version of the mayoral web site, Data LA, is greatly improved from its shaky first edition. Even modestly computer-savvy Angelenos get enough information to come to their own conclusions about the mayor and the rest of city government.
Jenny Burman
Before I lived in Echo Park, there was a tiny 1920s bungalow-cottage-standalone house on N. Occidental in Silver Lake. I...
Here in Malibu
It's a shock to see the Central Valley these days.