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November 10, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Outfielder J.D. Drew opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Dodgers on Thursday, forfeiting $33 million in a bet he can make more money by signing with another team. The decision blasted a gaping hole into a lineup already in need of reinforcement and scrambled the Dodgers' winter strategy three days before the start of the free-agent signing period.
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August 21, 2009 | Associated Press
J.D. Drew homered twice, Jon Lester pitched eight strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. Victor Martinez homered for the second straight night for the Red Sox, who have hit two or more homers in six consecutive games, nine of 10 and 15 of 19. Drew hit a leadoff homer to right in the second and a two-run drive to almost the same spot in the third, and finished with four hits. The homers came against rookie left-hander Brett Cecil.
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June 24, 2005 | Bill Plaschke, Bill Plaschke can be reached at bill.plaschke@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Plaschke, go to latimes.com/plaschke.
He slipped into the visitors' clubhouse two hours before the first pitch Wednesday, as blank as a stare, as quiet as a sigh. J.D. Ghost. He was late because his knee was being examined, but few noticed. He would be sidelined for the next two games, but the Dodgers won both. He glided into the crowded room in the bowels of San Diego's Petco Park at 4:57 p.m., I wrote it down exactly, because it was the first time I had seen him in any clubhouse since Vero Beach. Three months earlier.
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June 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Boston 4, at Baltimore 0: Jon Lester (7-6) struck out eight in seven innings and J.D. Drew tripled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run home run in the fourth and singled in the sixth. Drew grounded out to second base in the eighth. at Oakland 7, Detroit 1: Mark Ellis hit a two-run home run, Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs and the Athletics ended a losing streak at five games. Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the A's.
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July 21, 1998 | MARK HEISLER
J.D. Drew, the Philadelphia Phillies' first-round draft pick in 1997 who refused to sign a contract, has joined the St. Louis Cardinals' double-A Arkansas Travelers, impressing teammates, who feared he'd be a cold-hearted mercenary, and fans, who feared he'd be a high-priced bust. "The way he came in made it easier," first baseman Mike Hardge said. "He came in and wanted to get to know everybody. . . . We're all doing the same thing. He's just making a little more money."
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December 12, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
After briefly contemplating filing tampering charges against the Boston Red Sox for acting improperly in discussions with the agent for J.D. Drew, the Dodgers have decided against taking any action, baseball sources said Monday. Drew opted out of the last three years of his contract Nov. 10, walking away from $33 million and raising suspicion that agent Scott Boras had discussed Drew with another team while the outfielder was still a Dodger.
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July 5, 1997 | Associated Press
The No. 2 pick in baseball's amateur draft last month, J.D. Drew, plans to sign a contract with the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League. Drew, an outfielder who has been unable to come to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies, worked out with the Saints before Thursday night's home game against Duluth-Superior but did not immediately sign a contract. "Marty Scott [the Saints' manager] and I agreed I should be ready to play before I sign," Drew told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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April 19, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers will sell their 3 million tickets this season, to some of the most loyal customers in baseball. Fans raised on Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale do not ask their home team for slugfests, only victories. So two runs sounded mighty fine to the faithful Tuesday. The Dodger offense continued its disappearing act for most of the evening, but no one much cared when J.D. Drew singled home Kenny Lofton with the winning run in the ninth inning of a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
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February 24, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
J.D. Drew sat slumped in a chair in front of his locker, trying to shake the effects of a viral illness that caused him to lose 11 pounds in the last two weeks. "I've been trying to pound the food," the new Dodger outfielder said. "I'm weak. My body is still trying to catch up on rest." He also caught up on some reading, including news clips that quoted teammate Milton Bradley saying he wants to play center field.
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September 10, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Any chance that injured outfielder J.D. Drew will return to the lineup is becoming slimmer by the day. He experienced pain taking batting practice Monday and Tuesday, and Dr. Norman Zemel recommended that he cease baseball activity for a week. "Dr. Zemel stuck his thumb where the pain is and it really hurt," Drew said. "He said we have to give the bone a chance to heal." Drew, who was batting .
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April 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Jason Bay and J.D. Drew homered and the Boston Red Sox overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-8, on Friday night. Bay broke an 8-8 tie with a sacrifice fly against Danys Baez (0-1) in the eighth inning to score Dustin Pedroia. Bay drove in three runs and scored twice, and Pedroia was three for four. Mike Lowell's single later in the inning scored Kevin Youkilis to give Boston a 10-8 lead.
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July 20, 2008 | Chris Hine, Times Staff Writer
J.D. Drew took the Dodgers by surprise after the 2006 season when he opted out of the final three seasons of his five-year, $55-million contract and signed with the Red Sox. It turns out leaving L.A. was a good career move for the 11-year veteran -- he's making $3 million more per year with Boston, he won a World Series ring last season and he picked up the All-Star game most valuable player award on Tuesday.
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October 6, 2007 | T.J. SIMERS
BOSTON -- I did my part. I said hello to J.D. Drew, and although he didn't immediately fall to the ground and curl up into the fetal position, he didn't do anything to hurt the Angels in Game 1. Before Game 2, I sought him out again, figuring it'd be fun if together we made fun of the Dodgers, forgetting for a moment that Drew lacks a pulse. "That's me," he said, while mocking himself, the same old easy-going, lifeless talent that frustrated so many in L.A.
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December 12, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
After briefly contemplating filing tampering charges against the Boston Red Sox for acting improperly in discussions with the agent for J.D. Drew, the Dodgers have decided against taking any action, baseball sources said Monday. Drew opted out of the last three years of his contract Nov. 10, walking away from $33 million and raising suspicion that agent Scott Boras had discussed Drew with another team while the outfielder was still a Dodger.
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December 9, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers are leaving open the possibility of asking Major League Baseball to investigate whether the Boston Red Sox violated rules against tampering by discussing J.D. Drew with his agent before the outfielder opted out of his contract. "We've looked into it, but beyond that I don't have anything to say about it at this point," General Manager Ned Colletti said. A high-ranking Dodgers official said any suggestion of a rift between the Dodgers and Red Sox would be erroneous.
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November 12, 2006 | T.J. SIMERS
I MIGHT'VE suggested a heart transplant was in order for J.D. Drew, or at least a nod to the crowd on occasion to let everyone know he was still alive. We certainly had our differences. We talked for two years about him disappearing before games and hiding from the media glare that comes with being paid like a big star. I told him I thought he lacked passion and he said it was a long season and it was more important to pace his emotions.
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May 13, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
J.D. Drew had a tough series in the ballpark where he spent the first five years of his career. He missed the first game because of illness, then went one for 14 in the next three, dropping his batting average to .248. He also made two throwing errors, although he did make an outstanding play in the second game, robbing Einar Diaz on a sliding catch. Drew has had problems hitting with runners in scoring position. He drove in a run on a groundout in the third game, but is two for 25.
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March 4, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
J.D. Drew will take a different tack to finding his swing this year. Instead of chasing it until he is ground to a nub, he'll let it come to him. The outfielder walked and singled in his first spring at-bats Friday, contributing to a 17-hit barrage in an 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Disney's Wide World of Sports. "Last year I hit way too much in the cages when I was struggling and it just made it worse," he said, referring to an 0-for-25 slump to start the season.
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November 10, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Outfielder J.D. Drew opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Dodgers on Thursday, forfeiting $33 million in a bet he can make more money by signing with another team. The decision blasted a gaping hole into a lineup already in need of reinforcement and scrambled the Dodgers' winter strategy three days before the start of the free-agent signing period.
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September 24, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
About an hour before the Dodgers played their penultimate home game of the season, J.D. Drew emerged from another lengthy session in the trainer's room. The right fielder inspected a case of autographed baseballs in one corner of the clubhouse, selected one and dropped it into the open end of a clean white athletic sock, presumably to prevent smudging. As he walked back toward his locker, the normally accommodating Drew declined an interview request, saying he had to get ready for the game.
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