With $70 million deal in hand, Drew joins Boston roster

Updated: February 14, 2007, 7:38 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox officially added outfielder J.D. Drew to their roster on Wednesday after left-handed pitcher Lenny DiNardo was claimed on waivers by the Oakland Athletics.

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The club announced the $70 million deal with Drew on Jan. 26, seven weeks after preliminary agreement was reached. The deal had to be reviewed by Major League Baseball and the team needed an open slot on its 40-man roster for Drew.

After the preliminary deal was reached Dec. 5, lawyers fashioned an arrangement that would allow Boston to opt out of the guaranteed money for 2010 and 2011 if Drew's right shoulder injury recurs. The shoulder was operated on in September 2005.

The 31-year-old Drew became a free agent when he opted out of the last three years of his five-year, $55 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 27-year-old DiNardo was 1-2 with a 7.85 ERA with the Red Sox last season. He pitched in 13 games, including six starts, and was on the disabled list with neck problems from May 24-Aug. 31.

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