The Dodgers offseason continued on its unusual course today as they officially announecd the signing of JD Drew to a 5-year $55 million contract. We've stated before that it's a little odd that the Dodgers couldn't pony up $2 million more a year to get Adrian Beltre instead of Drew. In reality, after losing Beltre, the Dodgers became desperate for some form of offense and probably felt compelled to overpay for the Boras-represented Drew.
That all said, JD Drew is a player with a world of talent, who could turn out to be a great addition. His OBP is consistently high. He covers a lot of range in right field. And he really does have the potential to be a true superstar slugger in this league.
Of course, on the downside, Drew is a religious fanatic, who sometimes has a tepid relationship with many of the people he deals with, whether it be teammates or the city of Philadelphia. (Remember he's the guy who held out for a year after being the Phillies' No. 1 pick, only to go back into the draft for a couple extra million dollars in St. Louis.) Drew's also had some injury history, which probably affected his power in some past seasons, and his knee trouble is enough for Baseball Prospectus' Will Carroll to "yellow-light" him.
LAist is not all that thrilled with this offseason, but JD Drew is not a bad backup plan. With Drew and Jeff Kent now signed, it's time for Paul DePodesta to find a starting pitcher to take Odalis Perez's place in the rotation (if it's not Perez), and find an everyday catcher not named David Ross.