For once, the Boston Herald is urging calm — regarding the J.D. Drew situation, no less:
The intense public interest in the matter has intrigued baseball front-office types, considering most free agent contracts aren’t officially completed for several weeks after an agreement is reached or announced because of language and insurance matters. For what it’s worth, the Sox have other free agents — at the major league and minor league levels — whose deals already have been announced but haven’t been officially completed because of wording issues. Keep in mind that Epstein’s own contract wasn’t finalized during the entirety of the 2006 season.
The difference is, of course, those deals were actually announced. This one hasn’t been.