BOSTON, MA - JUNE 17: J.D.Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox scores a run as catcher Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on at Fenway Park on June 17, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It sounds like outfielder J.D. Drew is going to retire, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (via twitter). Heyman points out that he was a good player, but made a whole lot of money on being 'pretty good.'
Drew, 36, played 14 seasons, with his longest chapters in St. Louis and in Boston. He was a career .278 / .384 / .489 hitter but saw that production decline over the past few seasons (2008/.280, 2009/.279, 2010/.255, 2011/.222). Regardless, he managed to rack up 240 home runs and 46 career wins above replacement, both somewhat notable for a player the fans consistently accused of half-assin' it.
He'll always be remembered for that monstrous contract (making $11-14 million each of the last 5 seasons), but I wonder if people will remember he was actually a pretty decent player. How will you remember Drew?
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - jd drew very likely to retire. had good career on field (.873 OPS), but great career at bank ($108M earnings). #redsox