J.D. Drew opts out of his contract
J.D. Drew walked away from the Dodgers today, opting out of the remaining 3 years and $33 million he had left on his contract. He’s bound to get more money in the craziest free agent market since Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton cleaned house, but he also was unhappy in Los Angeles and wants to relocate.
So, the question for Mariner fans is should we be interested?
My answer is a conditional yes. If the Mariners are willing to think outside the box, there’s an easy way to make this work.
Trade Richie Sexson for whatever you can get. Give him away if you have to. He’s clearly inferior to Drew and a worse fit for this team, yet the team still owes him $14 million each of the next two seasons. Find a team (like San Francisco) who like Sexson and take whatever they’ll give you for him.
J.D. Drew steps in as the new left fielder (or right fielder, whichever he prefers) and Raul Ibanez moves to DH. Voila. Team better with no extra cash output.
Trade Richie Sexson for J.D. Drew – sort of.