Can you imagine passing up a guaranteed $33 million over 3-years? Neither can I but that's exactly what JD Drew just did:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew opted out of the final three years of his contract Thursday, making him eligible to become a free agent.Maybe JD thinks he can hook up with his brother Steven in Arizona because the Diamondbacks now have Shawn Green's and Luis Gonzalez' contracts off the books.
"He led the club in RBIs. You just don't snap your fingers and find another player like that," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on a conference call. "He wants out, he can have out. He's moving on, we're moving on. We'll find players who like playing here. If he doesn't want to be here, he has the right to leave, and he's exercising that right."
With the loss of Drew - that means that the Dodgers will probably lose both their top two RBI and HR men to free agency (Drew 20 HR and 100 RBI and Nomar Garciaparra 20 HR and 93 RBI). That's a lot of offense for any team to lose (about 25% of the total HR and RBI) and I have to wonder if Nomar's agent got a call from Ned Colletti right after the Drew announcement.