Tag:J.D. Drew
Posted on: December 11, 2010 3:31 pm

Epstein: Still room for Cameron

Mike Cameron Not only is Mike Cameron not a forgotten man now that the Red Sox have Carl Crawford, he was high on general manager Theo Epstein's priority list after the signing. Epstein told reporters Saturday that he called Cameron five minutes after signing Crawford to tell him there's still a place for him.

That place is as a really expensive fourth outfielder and injury insurance policy. He'll make $7.25 million in 2011 at age 38.

"Cam was really excited and the ultimate class guy and ultimate teammate," Epstein said. "He said, 'Whatever, whatever you guys need me to do to fit in this team, I'll do.' "

Boston's starting outfield -- Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew -- is entirely left-handed, and Cameron is right-handed, which should get him some opportunities against lefties. He's also versatile enough to play all three outfield positions, which makes him valuable as a replacement in case of injuries to the starters.

Epstein said he's not interested in trading Cameron, but you have to think if somebody called offering to take that salary off his hands, he'd listen.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 1:35 pm

Drew unsure about his future

J.D. Drew Could J.D. Drew be finished after the 2011 season?

Speaking to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford , the Red Sox outfielder said he's undecided on his future.

Here's what Drew, 35 in November, had to say:
"My whole thing is being as family-oriented as I am I have to let this whole thing wind down. When I signed this contract I did so with the intentions … when I put a signature on the line I want to make sure I'm committed to doing whatever it says.

"When I signed in LA I thought that I'll have 11 years in the big leagues and I'll weigh my options then. When I opted out (and signed with the Red Sox)  I thought I easily had five years in me. Now I'm in a position, after next year, I'll have to make a decision if it's conducive to me going home and being with my family full-time, or if the family lifestyle is able to survive the rigors of a baseball season.

"I don't think people realize the intensity of being gone. It's really, really difficult. Then there's where I stand in my faith and my commitment. Those things pull heavily when you start to get to this point in my career. There are so many things I want to do in the mission field and different things like that. It's definitely going to be a thing where I'll get ready for the season and as it goes along see what happens."
Drew said his health isn't an issue in his decision:
"I've found a way to keep myself relatively healthy," Drew explained. "I get criticized a lot because of a severe knee injury I had my third year in the big leagues, which literally crippled me for 2 1/2 years. Then I broke some bones which was out of my control. The only time I really felt I wasn't prepared for a baseball season was my rookie year when I pulled a quad muscle and I rolled my ankle. That year I knew I wasn't ready for 162 games. But after that I figured it out." Drew has played in 128 games this season, which on this year's Red Sox is Gehrig-like, and played in at least that many games in three of the last four seasons. Drew has had a drop-off in productiont his season, hitting .257/.349/.444, down from both 2009 (.279/.392/.522) and his career line (.281/.388/.499). If it's an off season, Drew likely has a couple of more years in him, but if it's the start of a trend, it wouldn't be that surrpising for him to end his career following 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 1:25 am

Enough with the J.D. Drew hate

J.D. Drew Poor J.D. Drew just can't get any respect from the Boston media and a large percentage of Red Sox fans.

Part of this stems from the reputation Drew came to town with, with both Phillies and Dodgers fans feeling jilted. Philadelphia was outraged that Drew rejected their contract offer when drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 draft. A year later, the Cardinals inked him and Drew quickly became one of the best outfielders in the game even as he struggled with injuries.

Then Drew opted out of his contract with the Dodgers after 2006 and landed with the Red Sox, inking for more money than he would have made had he stayed with L.A. And really, with Scott Boras as his agent, could this have come as a surprise?

Part of it has to do with Drew's brittle body, which apparently is because Drew is soft. Never mind that it may be that Drew is simply more injury-prone than most baseball players. Much like any other physical or mental trait of a person, durability is on a sliding scale and varies per person. (Not to speak of the fact that in Drew's Boston tenure, he has appeared in 140, 109, 137 and 112 of a possible 128 games, respectively, over the last four seasons.)

And part of it, of course, has to do with Drew's lack of emotion . He doesn't get fired up and you would have no idea if he hit a grand slam to punctuate Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS, sending the Red Sox to an eventual victory in seven games or if he struck out in the top of the first in the dog days of summer in Kansas City.

People love their grinders (hello, Dustin Pedroia) and their passionate players (hello, Kevin Youkilis) and even hot heads (Josh Beckett) but there's no room for someone who treats every at-bat the same -- a trait, by the way, people admire about Manny Ramirez.

It's no wonder, then, that Drew keeps looking over his back, as evidenced in his picture, for the latest knife to fly out of nowhere.

On Wednesday, the Boston Globe 's Dan Shaughnessy took a pot-shot at J.D. Drew days after Tony Massarotti did the same. Sayeth Shaughnessy -- a.k.a. the Curly-Haired Boyfriend :

The Sox bumbled the Damon contract negotiations after the 2005 season. They misread the future. They figured Damon’s game would deteriorate.

They were wrong. Damon was worth every penny the Yankees paid him from 2006-09. He played hard and he played well for the full four years. In his final year of the contract, he hit .282 with 24 homers and 82 RBIs. Think Boston could have used that? It’s better than the sorry numbers posted by J.D. ($14 million per year) Drew.

There's so much wrong with this. Let Red Sox Beacon explain why .

That the Red Sox “missed” on Damon is a little bit unfair, but he did hit .285/.363/.458 over four years while stealing some bases (93) at an efficient clip. He supplied almost no value defensively, but when you work out his productivity and line it up to what the Yanks paid for him, it’s hard to argue that the Damon acquisition did not work out for the Yankees.

Where I get confused is when CHB makes the Drew comparison. Drew, as a Red Sox, has hit .273/.382/.479 for Boston, easily outhitting Damon during the years Boston missed out on Johnny. Moreover, Drew has consistently played one of the best right fields in baseball, while Damon had to DH 92 games as a Yankee. Simply stated, Drew has been way better for the Red Sox than Johnny Damon was for the Yankees.

Drew, of course, has been a bargain and one of the better free agent gets of Theo Epstein’s career. It takes a profound level of baseball ignorance to (1) claim that Johnny Damon has outperformed J.D. Drew over the last 4-5 seasons or (2) to refer to Drew’s numbers as “sorry.”

What’s sorry is Shaughnessy’s baseball understanding. And the Globe’s willingness to publish his tripe. And the shameful axe to grind the Boston media has with Drew, a consummate professional. Those things, not Drew’s output, are sorry.

A few days ago, Massarotti somehow felt the need to point out that Bill Hall had more home runs than Drew despite the former being a part-time player.

Never mind the fact that Drew has one of the best batting eyes in the game. Never mind that he plays a stellar right field. Never mind that Drew's career slugging percentage is .500, while Hall's is .444. Never mind that Hall's mark is .471 in 2010, Drew .457. Not exactly a wide chasm. Never mind that Hall has beaten Drew only twice in slugging percentage in each year of their careers, one of which by a razor-thin margin. (Hall bashed at a .425 pace, Drew at .423 in 2007. In 2006, Drew had a strong .496 mark, while Hall's career season checked in at .553.)

Nope. Hall rules, Drew drools.

The fact that Drew continues to receive vitrol from left and right after clearly proving he is one of the better players of his generation is baffling. One can only hope that one day, Drew will be recognized for being the quality player he is.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 2, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 4:06 pm

Elllsbury could be back as soon as Tuesday

Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to have his ribs examined today in Boston and could be activated as soon as Tuesday he tells Pawtucket Red Sox radio play-by-play man Dan Hoard .

"I'm getting anxious," Ellsbury told Hoard. "It's fun when you're getting close, and I don't think I'm too far away."

In two games in Triple-A, Ellsbury is 4 for 9 with two runs. He hasn't played for the Red Sox since May 24. Ellsubury suffered four fractured ribs in a collision with Andre Beltre on April 11. Ellsbury said he's heard whispers that he's soft.

"Anybody that knows me -- my teammates, my coaches -- they know how hard that I play," Ellsbury said. "In the past I haven't missed many games and I play all-out. The naysayers don't really bother me at all -- the just motivate me more. Deep down, if you're comfortable with yourself, that is all that really matters."

Jacoby says he's not pain-free, but he's at a point where he can still play. That's good for the Red Sox, who had Eric Patterson starting in center field Sunday with rookie Ryan Kalish in left and a hobbled J.D. Drew in left.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 7:33 pm

Drew, Upton out for Fenway showdown

Boston's J.D. Drew and Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton are out for their respective squads in tonight's game at Fenway Park.

Drew is out with a stiff neck and Upton is out after injuring his right quad Tuesday night.

Upton, who didn't run hard after a double that turned into a triple this weekend, hurt the quad stretching a double into a triple.

Carl Crawford is back in the lineup for the Rays, but told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin that his shoulder is still sore when he throws and he can only throw "about 70 percent."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 3:18 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 5:49 pm

Red Sox move good sign for Drew

The Red Sox, their bullpen battered after Thursday's 13-11, 10-inning win over Colorado, brought left-handed reliever Fabio Castro up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Castro, 25, was 3-5 with a 6.65 ERA for Pawtucket, which tells you how desperate Boston is for an arm.

Going down was outfielder Josh Reddick, who started the past three games in right field in place of J.D. Drew, who was hobbled by a hamstring strain. Sending down Reddick would seem to indicate that Drew, who pinch hit Thursday night, is ready to return to the field.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am

Boston OF woes continue with Drew injury

J.D. Drew The Red Sox already have Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list, who has missed all but 11 early-April games. Starting center fielder Mike Cameron is hampered by a sports hernia and has barely played half of the team's games since coming off the disabled list.

Despite J.D. Drew's efforts to get in the lineup every day in their absence, he's been out of the lineup since Friday's game against the Dodgers when he strained his right hamstring. Although he has been able to avoid the disabled list thus far, Boston couldn't go forward with a Daniel Nava-Darnell McDonald-Bill Hall configuration in the interim anymore, especially given Hall's struggles in right.

That means that prospect Josh Reddick gets the call while reliever Robert Manuel gets sent down without appearing in a game after arriving on Saturday. Manager Terry Francona said Drew will not play until at least Thursday. The Red Sox were hopeful Drew could avoid the disabled list and be in the lineup for Thursday night's opener against the Rockies, but clearly the hamstring is not responding enough to rest. And there's no certainty Drew can stay off the DL.

Reddick has a .176 batting average in 17 major-league at-bats on the year, this after posting a .169 line in 59 at-bats in 2009. For Triple-A Pawtucket, he's batting a scant .218/.268/.375 in 235 trips to the plate, although his slash line is .333/.419/.444 in 36 June ABs.

Drew has contributed a .276/.359/.467 line in 225 at-bats, appearing in 65 of Boston's 69 games before the injury.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 19, 2010 2:58 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2010 6:23 pm

Drew hopes to avoid DL

Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew told reporters before Saturday's game against the Dodgers that he was "very hopeful" he'd avoid the disabled list and he'd undergone an MRI on Saturday.

Drew will miss the rest of the Dodgers series after pulling up lame following his catch of a Manny Ramirez liner in the third inning with a hamstring injury.

"It was one of those plays where it was kind of a perfect-storm scenario where I had to lean in, leg came forward, hamstring grabbed really good," Drew told reporters, including Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal . "I don't think I've done an extreme amount of damage. ... It'll definitely be at least a couple of days to try to get things under wraps and let it calm down. The reason we went to get pictures is to make sure it's not something I'm dealing with for a week and a half or two weeks."

Drew will be re-examined before the Red Sox open a series against the Rockies on Tuesday.

The Red Sox's recent outfield injuries left them with a starting outfield of Bill Hall, Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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