Sarah 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:
1. 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?