Outfielder J.D. Drew will indeed appear in a Red Sox uniform this season. A resolution has been reached on his contract, and an announcement of his signing of a five-year, $70 million deal is expected tomorrow.
The issues that kept a final agreement from being struck for more than six weeks after Drew's agent, Scott Boras, announced that Drew was signing with the Sox have been resolved, and will give the Sox protection in the event that a preexisting condition in Drew's shoulder should incapacitate him in the latter stages of the deal.
Sox doctors, in examining Drew and his medical records, detected potential indicators of future shoulder problems three to five years from now. Drew underwent surgery in September, 2005, when he was with the Dodgers, to repair a tear in his labrum, and also had some holes drilled in his shoulder blade to facilitate cartilage growth. He reported shoulder weakness last season while with the Dodgers, and admitted that it might have contributed to a midseason decline in his power.
If Drew goes on the disabled list for anything related to this finding in the third year of the deal, the Sox can void the final two years of the contract. If he is disabled in the fourth year, the Sox can void the final year of the deal.
The out clause is not triggered if Drew is disabled for any reason other than anything directly connected to the Sox findings on his shoulder.
Drew is expected to play right field and bat fifth behind David Ortiz in the Sox order.
Sox spokesman John Blake said the club had no comment. There was no announcement expected tonight, he said.
Drew is not expected to come to Boston tomorrow for the announcement.