Drew wanted some security

first_imgColletti agreed with Drew’s claim that Drew never explicitly told him he wouldn’t exercise the escape clause. Colletti and Drew said they haven’t spoken since Boras informed Colletti of the decision on Nov. 9, but Colletti also agreed with Drew’s claim that the two men have a good relationship. “I like J.D. Drew,” Colletti said. “We got along well, and I wish him all the best.” Drew hit 20 homers and drove in 100 runs last season, his second with the Dodgers, and helped the team win the National League wild card. But he also drew criticism for appearing at times to play with a lack of passion and for often failing to come through in clutch situations. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said Monday that Scott Boras, his Los Angeles-based agent, tried to renegotiate Drew’s five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers last winter before Drew made the decision to exercise the escape clause that had been negotiated into the deal two years earlier. “My name had been mentioned in some trade rumors,” Drew said just before his new team, the Boston Red Sox, suffered a 2-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Dodgers before 8,249 at City of Palms Park. “I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time. So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Even if Colletti had been willing to re-work the contract, it is possible Boras might have directed Drew to use the out clause anyway because the Dodgers’ willingness to negotiate a new deal might have raised Drew’s value on the free-agent market. Four days after that meeting, Boras informed Colletti by fax that Drew was exercising the out clause. Drew did add two years and $37 million to his contractual guarantee – the Dodgers would have owed him $33 million over the next three seasons – but he still has little trade protection. Drew’s new deal gives him the right to block a trade to just two clubs. Upon learning Drew was opting out, Colletti publicly expressed disappointment with the decision and pointed out Drew had appeared to indicate in a newspaper article late in the regular season that he had no intention of leaving the Dodgers. But Drew now said his comments didn’t constitute a promise not to exercise his out clause and he was upset by Colletti’s reaction to his decision. “I was kind of taken aback a little bit,” Drew said. “That was tough for me to swallow. I had a good relationship with Ned, and I still do. I think he is a great person. He said I wasn’t a man of my word. If I tell you I’m going to do something, I do it. But what I told Ned was that I was happy in L.A. and that I would love to stay there. But I never went to him and said I wasn’t going to use my opt-out. I wasn’t even thinking about that. We were fighting for a playoff spot, and I wasn’t thinking too much about the business side of baseball at all.” center_img Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed Boras made such a request when they met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought was going to be a discussion about two other Dodgers free agents who were Boras clients, pitchers Eric Gagne and Greg Maddux. Colletti said Boras also reminded him at that meeting of Drew’s escape clause and raised the possibility that Drew might exercise it. “Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in Los Angeles if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” last_img read more