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Drew signs with D'backs

May 31, 2005

Phoenix, Az.- When Hahira's Stephen Drew signed to play with an independent league team in April, many believed it was a sign that last year's number one draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks would be back in this year's draft.

Stephen Drew's name will not be available next week after the former Florida State standout signed a five year contract just before a midnight deadline Tuesday.

While the Arizona Diamondbacks are not releasing any terms of the deal, various media reports say the deal is worth $5.5. million in guaranteed money and includes a $ 4 million signing bonus.

The Diamondbacks have assigned Stephen Drew to their advanced Class-A team in Lancaster, California.

Stephen Drew became the third member of his family to be selected in the first round when Arizona took him with the 15th overall pick last June.

Brothers J.D. and Tim made history when they became the first brothers selected in the first round of the 1997 draft.

J.D. was picked by Philadelphia who of course he did not sign with and was taken the next year by the St .Louis Cardinals.

He was traded after six seasons in St. Louis, J.D. Drew was traded to Atlanta who let him become a free agent where he signed a five year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December.

Tim Drew was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Montreal.  He pitched for the Braves last year and is currently pitching for the Colorado Rockies AAA team in Colorado Springs.

Stephen Drew's prolonged contract negotiations were nothing similar to that of his oldest brother.

The Diamondbacks had a verbal contract agreement with Drew's adviser Scott Boras before they selected him last June.

The man who made that pick for the Diamondbacks was then managing partner Jerry Colangelo who was removed by the owners of the team shortly after the draft.

Since the Diamondbacks front office shakeup, Stephen Drew flirted with a return to Florida State last August that would have made put back into this year's draft.

And he did sign in April with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League where Stephen Drew was the league's top hitter with a .427 batting average.