February 15, 2005
Valdosta - While the Arizona Diamondbacks opened spring training pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, their number one draft pick from last year sits at home wondering if he will be reporting to camp soon.
More than eight months after Arizona took Stephen Drew with the 15th overall pick in the first round, the youngest of the three Drew brothers still has not signed a contract.
The prolonged contract negotiations included Stephen Drew considering returning to Florida State for his senior season last August.
A move that would have put him back into the draft this year.
The Diamondbacks though made an offer that Drew's adviser Scott Boras felt was within the range to reach a deal and told Drew not to return to college.
The negotiations have been very quiet since the end of the 2004 season ended but Stephen says things are starting to pick up with the opening of training camp.
Stephen Drew said "You know, Arizona I think is actually coming around. You know, they weren't talking for a little while but now actually they are starting to talk again and hopefully things will work out well."
The Drew borthers made baseball history as Stephen became the third member of his family to be a first round draft pick.
Older brother J.D. signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after playing one season for the Atlanta Braves.
Middle brother Tim, a number one pick of the Cleveland Indians, has been invited to training camp with the Colorado Rockies where he will try to pitch his way to their major league roster just like he did last year with Atlanta.