Did the Boston Redsox get their money's worth with the signing of outfielder J.D. Drew? I say "No". And here's why:
Hitting .256, 7HR's, 46 RBI's in 117 games for starters. I mean, Coco Crisp has more RBI's then that. (seriously, it's true) Now for 75 million dollars, I would think you would get more production than that. Well, you say "He's having a bad year at the plate, he is in a new league, he's got a pulled insert some body part here and he's not healthly.
At least we still have his defense. Well, no we don't! J.D. Drew is having his worst defensive year in his career. .917 in Centerfield & .970 in Rightfield. Not Willie Mays, more like Willie Mo Pena (thats a whole nother blog). J.D. Drew has hit only 20 HR's in a season twice in his career, hit .300 only twice in his career. His career Slugging % is below .500.
He had a year kinda like this year in 2002 in St. Louis, but he hit 18HR's not 7.
So, why was this guy worth 75 million dollars? I don't know, but the Redsox would have been better off going after outfielders in the offseason with names like Carlos Lee, Carlos Pena, heck Carlos Santana would have been an improvment. Just not the name J.D. Drew.
Okay, maybe that Carlos Santana thing might not have worked, but you get my drift :-)