J.D. Drew is set to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are concentrating on offense after pulling out of the three-team, 10-player trade that would have sent Randy Johnson from...
NEW YORK — J.D. Drew is set to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are concentrating on offense after pulling out of the three-team, 10-player trade that would have sent Randy Johnson from Arizona to the New York Yankees.
Drew and the Dodgers have reached a preliminary agreement on a $55 million, five-year contract that could be finalized today.
In Arizona, Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said he planned to put aside Johnson trade talks until after Christmas.
Arizona said it isn’t looking for a new partner to create a three-team trade.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he hasn’t talked to Arizona since the deal fell apart but likely would soon.
A day after meeting with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in Tampa, Fla., center fielder Carlos Beltran got together in Kissimmee with officials from the Houston Astros, the team he helped get within one win of the World Series.
As teams and agents worked to get deals in place before the holidays, pitcher Orlando Hernandez agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
In two other preliminary agreements, outfielder Moises Alou got a two-year deal with San Francisco worth about $13.25 million and right-hander Wade Miller, cut by Houston on Monday, received a $1.5 million, one-year contract from the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees finalized their $39.95 million, four-year contract with right-hander Carl Pavano. The World Series champion Red Sox completed their $25.5 million, three-year deal with right-hander Matt Clement.
Florida, which had wanted to re-sign Pavano, reached a preliminary agreement on a $750,000, one-year contract with right-hander reliever John Reidling, let go by Cincinnati.
In other free-agent news, St. Louis added left-hander Mike Myers ($600,000), a Mariner last season before being traded, and kept outfielder So Taguchi ($550,000); San Diego got outfielder Mark Sweeney ($575,000); Cleveland agreed to minor-league deals with right-hander Jason Bere and left-hander Billy Traber; and Tampa Bay settle on a one-year contract with former Indians first baseman/designated hitter Josh Phelps.
Two players eligible for salary arbitration agreed to one-year contracts: Expos catcher Brian Schneider ($2 million) and San Diego outfielder Dave Roberts ($1.35 million), acquired from Boston this week.
Drew’s contract is contingent on him passing a physical exam. He will receive a $2 million signing bonus and a $9 million salary next season, then earn $11 million annually in the final four years.
Drew, 29, 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 runs batted in and 12 outfield assists.
* Cleveland Indians general manager Mark Shapiro received a two-year contract extension through 2007.
* The minimum salary for major-league players will rise to $316,000 from $300,000 next year.