The Philadelphia Daily News scoops the Boston press with this nugget slipped into their GM meetings roundup:
The Red Sox aren’t through yet. Multiple sources say they are set to sign free-agent outfielder J.D. Drew, the Phillies’ old amigo, for a 4-year, $48 million deal.
If the Sox sign Drew and Matsuzaka, it solves two of their three biggest problems (starter, No. 5 hitter, closer/bullpen) within the first two months of the off-season. That would indeed be impressive — and exciting from a Sox-Fan perspective.
For the record, the Globe’s Buzz still has the Sox talking to Drew with unsourced guesses that he could be looking for four years at $56M. The Herald reported Thursday that the Sox were "very interested" in Drew and said rumors that the team had made an offer were false. The Daily News is citing "multiple sources," which makes it sound firmer than the rumor that was going around earlier.
(Hat tip: Joy of Sox).