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Injury might delay Drew from cashing future checks

2/15/2007 - MLB J.D. Drew Boston Red Sox + more

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- J.D. Drew might have to wait until 2030
to get all the money in his contract if he gets hurt.

Drew's $70 million contract with the Boston Red Sox was
finalized Wednesday, a deal that pays the outfielder $14 million
for each of the next five seasons. But if he doesn't play at least
500 games from 2007-10 or 375 from 2008-10, then $9 million of his
2011 salary would be deferred at 1 percent interest.

The 31-year-old Drew would receive the money and interest each
July 1 starting with payments of $500,000 in 2022 and $750,000 in
2023. He then would get $1 million annually from 2024-29 and $1.75
million in 2030.

His deal gives the Red Sox the right to specify 28 teams Drew
can be traded to, and he may add two additional teams he can't be
sent to without his approval.