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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Nancy Drew”

Drawn and Quartered

I jumped the gun back on December 6 thinking that the five-year, $70M deal with J.D. Drew was fait accompli. Instead, the outfielder will undergo a second physical tomorrow because of concerns over the condition of his shoulder. Drew failing a physical is as shocking as Adam Savage hurting himself in the course of busting a myth. Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald broke the story yesterday and even the official MLB site is carrying the news, albeit in a sanitized manner. The original deal may be adjusted in a number of ways, from shortening the term or reducing the total value to adding performance clauses. Considering Drew’s injury history, these are all things that should have informed the parameters of the first offer. Sometimes in life you do get a do-over....

Dodgy Accusations

“I’m rubber and you’re glue: whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you,” said the Red Sox front office in response to the Dodgers’ allegations of tampering in the J.D. Drew signing. Boston countered with charges that Grady Little and Dave Jauss, both former Red Sox employees, attempted to contact Manny Ramirez. The Red Sox allege that either Little or Jauss and perhaps both contacted a current Red Sox staff member to acquire Ramirez’s home phone number. I’m sure it was because they just wanted to wish the left fielder happy holidays and see how Juliana and the son were doing. I don’t have a lot of confidence in the Dodgers’ executive decision making. They canned Paul DePodesta after just one season to go with the more conventional Ned Colletti. Whatever DePodesta may have lacked in media savvy he made up for in his statistical abilities (I found this fine and thoughtful analysis of his very brief tenure by Daniel Julien), but newbie owner Frank McCourt had not the patience to persevere with DePodesta. There’s also the debt service McCourt assumed in acquiring the Dodgers. The real estate developer has to sell 24 acres of land to pay...

Old and Unmoved

When there were rumors that the Red Sox front office may have engaged the Diamondbacks for a trade of Manny Ramirez, I was encouraged. I thought Boston would get a smattering of the young positional talent Arizona hoards. Then there were stirrings of a deal with the Giants, and my spirit waned considerably. Steve Phillips’s outlandish conjectures that a Barry Bonds signing to replace Manny Ramirez was imminent played on ESPN in a Sisyphean loop. I very much regretted that I was not a religious person and could not resort to supplication against the repetition of such obvious drivel. Instead, two players most recently of Dodger vintage were added to the team: shortstop Julio Cesar Lugo and right fielder David Jonathan (a.k.a. J.D.) Drew. The 31-year old infielder was signed to a four-year, $36M deal pending his physical. The outfielder, also age 31, has agreed to a five-year, $70M contract after opting out of his deal with the Dodgers. One season after the Dodgers had picked up several former Boston players, the tide has turned red. By signing these free agents, the Red Sox did not lose prospects. A further depletion of their young talent was probably a concern, particularly...

Seibu, Say Me

Global Awareness An abundance of confirming reports as well as a link on Major League Baseball’s official site all point to the miraculous: Buster Olney actually broke a major story. A simultaneous announcement at 8 PM EST tonight by the commissioners’ offices of both the NPB and the MLB will likely confirm that the bidding for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka was won by the Boston Red Sox. And there is much rejoicing. Will Nancy Drew be a Hardy Boy? The Red Sox are in pursuit of former Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew. He’s not hard to find; just visit your local hospital ward or nab him after he runs through his third base coach’s stop sign. He’ll be the one blocked from all those other phantom teams’ offers by Scott Boras. That’s All, Foulkes! Days after the Red Sox declined their team option, closer Keith Foulke declined his option and became a free agent on November 10. He was wooed to Boston with a phone call from Bobby Orr. The hockey immortal told Foulke that if a player won a title in this town, he would be forever idolized. And despite the futility of the past two seasons,...


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