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Source: No holdup on Drew deal

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  December 5, 2006 02:55 PM

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A source with direct knowledge of the Sox negotiations with free agent outfielder J.D. Drew said there is "no holdup" to a deal and expressed puzzlement that an announcement of the deal has not yet been scheduled. Manager Terry Francona said he was unaware of the status of negotiations but did not seem concerned that the deal would be completed.

Drew is to be paid $14 million a year, with some question of how much of that money is guaranteed after the fourth year. So for now, it's best to describe the deal as 4-year, $56 million with an option, most likely one that vests, that would raise the total value of the package to $70m. It could wind up that the fifth year will be fully guaranteed, but I doubt that.

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