Agent defends Drew's health
Sox reportedly concerned by status of slugger's shoulder
BOSTON -- The agent for J.D. Drew says there is nothing physically wrong with the outfielder that would keep him from finalizing his five-year contract with the Red Sox.
"J.D. is healthy," Scott Boras told The Associated Press Wednesday night. "We've had noted experts that have demonstrated that he's without any condition that would affect him over the five years of the contract."
On Dec. 5, Boras and the Red Sox came to terms on a five-year deal worth $70 million. But the deal has yet to be finalized following a physical two weeks ago in Boston.
The Boston Herald originally reported that the exam raised "a red flag" that caused the team to reconsider the language in the contract. The Herald and The Boston Globe have reported that concerns center on his right shoulder.
In addition to his right shoulder, Drew had wrist surgery in September 2005.
Boras told the AP that drafting the agreement is the only obstacle to completing an agreement. Red Sox spokesman John Blake told MLB.com on Thursday that there are no immediate plans for a press conference to announce a deal. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has declined public comment since the reports on Drew's condition began last weekend.
"Theo and I are working on this in good faith," Boras told the AP. "We're just working through the language."
Drew, who would hit fifth behind Manny Ramirez and play right field, batted .283 in 2006 with 20 home runs and 100 RBIs for the Dodgers. According to the AP, Drew would receive annual salaries of $14 million, but if he doesn't meet set levels of games played, some of the final year's $14 million would be deferred.
Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.