J.D. DrewSarah sent me a link to a Boston Globe story this morning, where the writer, Nick Cafardo, was suggesting that the Red Sox trade struggling outfielder J.D. Drew to the Phillies during the offseason for LF Pat Burrell. Specifically, Cafardo says:

If things don’t turn around for Drew, would you send him and a lot of cash to Philadelphia for Pat Burrell this offseason? Granted, Drew has some bad blood with Phillies fans; he didn’t sign after being their top pick in 1997. But that was 10 years ago. Drew is clearly more comfortable in the National League. In interleague play this season, he hit .328 in 58 at-bats, with 4 homers, 13 RBIs, a .394 OBP, and .603 slugging percentage. Burrell, soon to be 31, is a guy the Phillies would have given to you for a thank you card a couple of months ago. But he is up to 24 homers and 77 RBIs with a .270 average and .409 on-base percentage, a big part of the Phillies’ resurgence. He has one year left at $14 million, and lists Boston as one of the teams to which he would accept a trade.

Now, I don’t know who this Cafardo guy is, but I do know that he is on crack cocaine. Because there is no way the Phillies are going to trade Pat Burrell for J.D. Drew. Let us count the reasons:

Pat Burrell1. J.D. Drew is a douchebag.

2. Pat Burrell’s stock is at an all-time high. He’s been the best player in baseball over the second half of the season and shows no sign of slowing down.

3. Even if you’re not sold on Burrell (and you’re right to be skeptical), there is no way the Phillies will trade one year of overpaying Burrell for six years of overpaying Drew.

4. J.D. Drew is a crapsicle.

5. Philly fans would torch Pat Gillick’s office if he brought Drew to town. There are very few moves a Philly GM could make that would be less popular. And off the top of my head I can only think of one: if the Eagles brought T.O back. That would be worse.

6. J.D. Drew is an oft-injured, overrated, butt-munching weasel.

Did I miss anything?

12 Responses to “J.D. Drew a Phil?”

  1. I know I’m alone in this feeling, but I like Drew. Sure he’s not the greatest when it comes to offense, but he’s terrific on defense. Of course, I would still rather see Trot back in that position, but he doesn’t f’ up in the outfield nearly as much as Lugo does! Man, now THAT was a bad purchase! And Drew may be often injured, but he has spent almost all of this year off the DL. That’s a good start!

  2. Sarah Green says:

    With the crappy way Drew has been swinging the bat (or rather, not swinging it…it never seems to leave his shoulder) this season, I almost wonder if he’s hiding an injury. The Sox do have an out clause in his contract should his pre-existing shoulder issue flare up. But Drew has said that it’s just been really hard for him to transition to the American League. You are right, AT, that his defense has been solid–a must for anyone patrolling Fenway’s right field. And I too miss ol’ Trot, though I understand that there isn’t room on a contending team for sentimental favorites (sigh). But we didn’t get Drew just to play defense. We got him to add a powerful bat to the lineup. And he hasn’t delivered. I shudder to think what would have happened if Lowell weren’t picking up the slack this year.

    That said, if I had to pick one to get rid of, I’d get rid of Lugo, not Drew. Any speed he brings to the basepaths is more than outweighed by his craptastic defense and his inability to get on base in the first place! As they say, you can’t steal first. Drew has at least had productive seasons in the past. Lugo has never been that good. I don’t know why Theo has been chasing him for so long, or why he threw that contract at him when no one else was even bidding! How can we get rid of him now? With Littlefield gone at the Pirates, I fear we’ve lost our only chance to dump him on some poor, unsuspecting GM.

  3. LOL! I can already hear to boos in Fenway when Burrell falls into one of his annual slumps. Called strike three down the middle… BOOOO.. A flailing swing known better known as ‘The Proposal’ at an outside slider for strike three… BOOOO…

    You guys are the new Yankees, so why not go out and buy another, better right fielder?

  4. Sarah Green says:

    Ugh, it’s even worse than I thought. Despite my gut feeling that Drew had been doing well defensively, he’s actually in the bottom half of all major defensive stats! His range factor? Dead last! Now I’m really depressed.

    I am just going to ignore that jibe about the “new Yankees,” Joe. Not even going to dignify it.

  5. I agree with almost everything you say here, but saying that Burrell’s stock is at an ‘all-time high’ or that he’s been ‘the best player in baseball’ in the second-half are definite exaggerations. He still pretty much sucks, and everybody knows that, except maybe the Mets. Having said that, I wouldn’t trade him for J.D. Drew in a million years.

  6. Sarah Green says:

    Oh, speaking of defense, to go back to Coley’s post, there’s no way Pat the Bat could handle Fenway’s dastardly right field. No way. Normally Cafardo delivers quality work…I don’t know what got into him on this one. Slow day at the office, I guess.

  7. Sarah — it’s hard to sympathize with the fan base of the second highest pay-rolled team bitching about a player they knowingly overpaid for. JD Drew at that. The Yankees comparison was certainly low, but I think there is a degree of spoiled whining here.

    Now if the Sox want Burrell, fine (but let’s not talk about *his* defensive liabilities), I don’t think many in Philly would cry to see him go. However, Coley is on the mark about Drew. Send us pitching instead and find another place to dump your expensive mistake.

  8. Doogan –

    Burrell’s second half 2007 stats

    54 games

    16 hrs


    .328 ba

    .442 obp

    .661 slugging

    1.104 ops

    which over the course of 162 games projects to 48 home runs and 150 rbis

    If he hasn’t been the best player in baseball in the second half, he is pretty darn close, and you can bet his stock hasn’t been high in over five years.

  9. Sarah Green says:

    Hold up there, Joe. Sox fans didn’t want Drew in the first place. If you don’t believe me, check Lexis Nexis. Don’t take your anger out on us—direct it where we direct ours, squarely at Theo and Larry.

    Bostonians were pessimistically skeptical, at best, about both Drew and Lugo. But Theo’s man-crushes could not be denied. And Larry’s slavish devotion to Scott Boras clients could not go unanswered. So here they are: totally overpaid, totally sucking. The Fenway Faithful, in turn, get to bitch about it. That is our bitter, hard-earned reward for having our grim predictions come true.

    In this column, Nick Cafardo is just smoking something; his article doesn’t mention any major league sources or anyone in the Sox FO talking about moving Drew for Burrell. It’s just a twisted phantasm of his fevered brain! This deal is so not going to happen. This deal is so not going to even be talked about beyond this one note in yesterday’s fishwrap and these few pixels here on UmpBump. I’m telling you, the Boston Globe better start poaching Boston Metro writers.

  10. Sarah Green says:

    Update: Cafardo wrote the following, now, about his comments above: “Lots of Phillies fans didn’t like my Pat Burrell-J.D. Drew proposed swap last week. Boston fans did.”

    Except for this Boston fan, who lives in the real world.

    But then he goes off the deep end again, suggesting Dave Littlefield (among others) to become Astros GM. Littlefield should never even be *interviewed* for a GM job again. You would do better to suggest BILL Littlefield!

  11. The statement here is that Burrell has been the best ‘player’ in the second-half. He has been among the best at the plate, but the guy is one of the worst defensive players in baseball. He belongs in the AL as a DH. Plus, he’s one of the slowest players in baseball as well, as he is pinch-run for every time he gets on base in the 7th inning or later. Guys like Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltra, and David Wright have similar numbers at the plate in the last two months, and get it done in the field and on the basepaths.

    Also, I would say his stock was at an all-time high the day he was drafted with the #1 overall pick in the draft.

    I’m a Phillies. I like having Burrell in the line-up. But he’ll never be the best player in the league, even for half a season.

  12. I would like a seat on the space station if this trade goes down… I want to see the fallout in Philadelphia from above.

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