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.