December 22, 2004
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Outfielder J.D. Drew and the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a preliminary agreement on a 55 million dollar, five-year contract.
A source involved in the negotiations says Drew's contract is contingent on him passing a physical exam, which is scheduled for Thursday. The 29-year-old Drew, who is from Hahira, played in a career-high 145 games for the Atlanta Braves last season, hitting .305 and setting career highs with 31 homers, 128 runs and 118 walks.
He also had 93 R-B-I's and 12 outfield assists. He helped the Braves win the National League East and was sixth in the National League M-V-P voting. Drew had never played in more than 135 games in a season before last year because of injuries.
Drew played six seasons with the Cardinals before he was dealt to the Braves last December along with catcher-outfielder Eli Marrero for pitchers Jason Marquis, Ray King and Adam Wainwright. Los Angeles has scheduled a news conference to introduce a player but would not confirm that it is Drew.
The agreement was first reported today by The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey.
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