Drew tried to renegotiate before fleeing Dodgers

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said Monday that Scott Boras, his Los Angeles-based agent, tried to renegotiate Drew’s five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers last winter before Drew made the decision to exercise the escape clause that had been negotiated into the deal two years earlier. “My name had been mentioned in some trade rumors,” Drew said just before his new team, Boston, hosted the Dodgers in a Grapefruit League game. “When I signed the contract in L.A., they didn’t give me a no-trade clause. I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time. So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Colletti agreed with Drew’s claim that Drew never explicitly told him he wouldn’t exercise the escape clause. Although Colletti and Drew said they haven’t spoken since Boras informed Colletti of the decision on Nov. 9, Colletti also agreed with Drew’s claim that the two men have a good relationship. “I like J.D. Drew,” Colletti said. “We got along well, and I wish him all the best.” Drew hit 20 homers and drove in 100 runs last season, his second with the Dodgers, and helped the team win the National League wild card. But he also drew criticism for appearing at times to play with a lack of passion and for often failing to come through in clutch situations. In his penultimate at-bat in a Dodgers uniform, he popped up on the first pitch from a shaky Guillermo Mota to end the sixth inning of Game 3 of last year’s N.L. Division Series against the New York Mets, stranding the tying runs on second and third. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed that Boras made such a request when the two met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought at the time was going to be a discussion about two other Dodgers free agents who were Boras clients, pitchers Eric Gagne and Greg Maddux. Colletti said Boras also reminded him at that meeting of Drew’s escape clause and raised the possibility that Drew might exercise it. “Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in Los Angeles if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” center_img Even if Colletti had been willing to re-work the contract, it is possible Boras might have directed Drew to use the out clause anyway because the knowledge that the Dodgers were willing to negotiate with him might have raised Drew’s value on the free-agent market. Four days after that meeting, Boras informed Colletti by fax that Drew was exercising the out clause. Although Drew did add two years and $37 million to his contractual guarantee – the Dodgers would have owed him $33 million over the next three seasons – he still has little trade protection. Drew’s new deal gives him the right to block a trade to just two clubs. Upon learning that Drew was opting out, Colletti publicly expressed disappointment with the decision, pointing out that Drew had seemed to indicate in a Southern California newspaper article late in the regular season that he had no intention of leaving the Dodgers. But Drew now says his comments didn’t constitute a promise not to exercise his out clause and that he was upset by Colletti’s reaction to his decision. “I was kind of taken aback a little bit,” Drew said. “That was tough for me to swallow. I had a good relationship with Ned, and I still do. I think he is a great person. He said I wasn’t a man of my word. If I tell you I’m going to do something, I do it. But what I told Ned was that I was happy in L.A. and that I would love to stay there. But I never went to him and said I wasn’t going to use my opt-out. I wasn’t even thinking about that. We were fighting for a playoff spot, and I wasn’t thinking too much about the business side of baseball at all.” last_img read more

Wasteful Sharks pay the penalty to Simba

first_imgThe game was forced into penalties after a barren draw in regulation time in a match that didn’t provide much of attacking spectacle from either side.On spot kicks, despite carrying with him a knee injury picked up late on in the match, keeper Manula saved two spot kicks as the Tanzanians kept on course their former coach Dylan Kerr’s dream final against his current employers Gor Mahia.Pascal Ogweno saw his spot kick rise over the bar before defender Geoffrey Shiveka saw his poorly taken kick saved by Manula. Haruna Niyonzima scored the first for Simba with skipper Husssein ‘Tshabalala’ Mohammed skying his.Eric Kipkurui scored Sharks’ third before Erasto Nyoni kept Simba in the lead. Harrison Mwenda stepped up and scored and Sharks thought they had gotten back to the game when Paul Bukaba’s shot came off the underside of the bar.However, skipper Juma made a mess of his kick giving Manula an easy save and Mkude made the most of it, scoring the decider.Simba SC keeper Aishi Manula clashes with Kariobangi Sharks forward Eric Kapaito as he came out to clear a cross during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEric Kapaito’s two glaring misses were the highlights of the opening half, one which Sharks had minimal possession with the Tanzanian champions keeping a huge chunk of it.On the quarter hour mark, Kapaito was sent through by Harrison Mwendwa and with one turn beat his marker. However, he was slow to pull the trigger with only keeper Aishi Manula to beat allowing Jonas Mkude to race back, apply some bit of pressure on him and his eventual shot was weak.20 minutes later, he had an equally glorious opportunity to score, but once again his finishing was non-existent.Sven Yidah won the ball in midfield, toe poked to Duke Abuya on the right who raced into it and slit in a low cross with pace but Kapaito who was running into the six yard box unmarked failed to give the ball the slightest of touches to direct it into the net.Apart from those two chances, Sharks had not threatened much with Simba keeping the ball, passing it across the park with ease but did not create danger upfront.Simba SC defender Hussein Mohammed turns away from with Kariobangi Sharks forward Duke Abuya during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn the half hour mark, Ibrahim Mohammed who had enjoyed a good game in the middle of the park had a shot from distance which went straight to John Oyemba in the Sharks goal.Sharks also had two other chances, first in the third minute Yidah missing a great opportunity with a header off an Abuya corner. In the 21st minute, Francis Manoah also had a chance off an Abuya cross, but he directed it wide.Simba made an early change six minutes to the break Juma Rashid coming on for Ally Shomari.There wasn’t much of goal scoring chances in the second half with the closest being a tap from Abuya off a Sidney Lokale cross in the 75th minute.Lokale had been brought on for the wasteful Kapaito but he too could not make an impact and was hauled off for Erick Juma late on. 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks forward Harrison Mwenda vies for the ball with Simba SC’s Erasto Nyoni during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 4- Kariobangi Sharks will live to rue missed chances as they were made to pay, losing to newly crowned Tanzanian Premier League champions Simba SC 3-2 on post match penalties in the third quarter final of the SportPesa Super Cup at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.Skipper Eric Juma and his deputy Geoffrey Shiveka took horrendous efforts both saved by keeper Aishi Manula while Jonas Mkude scored the decider for the Wekundu wa Msimbazi who now book a date against Kakamega Homeboyz in the semi-final on Thursday. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES

first_imgNaomh Columba 21.02.2012Scrap Saturday: the club will hold a Scrap Saturday metal collection event on Saturday, March 24th. A separate team will cover all townlands, and will arrange collections. We are looking for all types of scrap metal: pots and pans, radiators, old batteries, old cars, fridges, electrical appliances, and much more. Your local team will call to your door with information regarding collection etc in the coming weeks. Please support this fundraiser.Hard luck to Kevin Mc Nern and the County Vocational Schools team on their defeat to Cork in last Saturday’s All Ireland Semi-Final. Well done to everyone involved on getting so far in the competition. Underage news: under 10 training will take place this Friday, February 24th, at 6pm in Meenaneary Community Centre. Club membership is now being sold, and is priced as per last year: €30 for family membership, and €20 for single membership. Please note that the family membership covers parents and all children under 18 in the household. Anyone over 18 must purchase individual membership. All underage players must hold club membership in order to be covered by the club insurance. The membership for new underage players will be collected on the registration night, which will be advertised shortly. Comhghairdeas: many congratulations to our net-minder, Pauric O’Donnell, who married Catherine Watters at the weekend. Wishing you both all the best for the future. Níor bhaineadh lotto na seachtaine seo caite, agus tá duaischiste de €2600 anois againn. Ba iad na huimhreacha a piocadh amach ná 2. 8. 23. 27. Cuireadh duaiseanna aitheantais chuig na daoine seo a leanas: James Gallagher, Ard Patrick, Glenties.Rosie O’ Gara, Mín na Croise. Joe Haughey, Teileann. Ciara Mc Guire, An Caiseal.Liam Ó Ellis, Durrow.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES was last modified: February 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTESlast_img read more