Drew says he wanted to renegotiate

first_img“Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in L.A. if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” Corner intrigue The competition for the starting third base job, which wasn’t really supposed to be a competition at all, continues to heat up. Andy La Roche didn’t get a hit in the Dodgers’ victory over the Red Sox, but he did take an all-out dive into the front row chasing a foul pop by Drew in the sixth inning. La Roche is batting .300. Meanwhile, Wilson Betemit, whose job it is to lose, took another step toward losing it. He went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and a walk. For the spring, he is 0 for 9 with four strikeouts, hasn’t hit a ball out of the infield and has committed two errors. – Tony Jackson So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed that Boras made such a request when the two met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought 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. Colon update Bartolo Colon is progressing so fast that manager Mike Scioscia on Monday dared to say the right-hander might be pitching for the Angels in late April. Colon is expected to pitch from a mound today for the first time since throwing one inning July 26 at Tampa Bay. He will throw an eight-minute bullpen session using exclusively fastballs. “I think it’s certainly a possibility that we’re going to see him pitching for us some time in April if there are no setbacks,” Scioscia said. “If not, (he could pitch) shortly after we make the turn into May, based on where he is right now and how he feels. “It’s contingent on how he comes out of his throwing session, how his body responds. As you get on a mound, you start stressing your body and testing it. If he keeps passing it, he’s going to come quickly.” Colon threw on flat ground from 180 feet on Sunday and the session was deemed impressive. “We’re pleasantly surprised although I think knowing Bart and how hard he works we anticipated him on a mound some time in the middle of March,” Scioscia said. Wever not ready Jered Weaver, meanwhile, isn’t expected to have his first bullpen session until later in the week. But that timetable does not mean Weaver’s return to rotation will come after Colon, even though he currently lags behind his teammate during recovery. Since Weaver’s biceps tendinitis is not as damaging as Colon’s rotator cuff injury, Weaver’s recovery window is expected to be shorter. Scioscia still insists there is a chance Weaver could make his first start on April 6. Lackey throws John Lackey, who lost between seven and eight pounds over the last six days after a bout of bronchitis, threw a bullpen session. It was his first time on a mound since last week’s intrasquad game. – Doug Padilla 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img 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, the Boston Red Sox, suffered a 2-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Dodgers before 8,249 at City of Palms Park. “I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time. last_img

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