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Red Sox seal deal with J.D. Drew

The Boston Red Sox officially added J.D. Drew to their roster Wednesday, more than two months after reaching a preliminary agreement with the free-agent outfielder.

The Boston Red Sox officially added J.D. Drew to their roster Wednesday, more than two months after reaching a preliminary agreement with the free-agent outfielder.

Boston's five-year, $70-million US deal with Drew was announced Jan. 26, but some unusual provisions in the contract meant it had to be reviewed by Major League Baseball, and the team needed to open up a spot on its 40-man roster.

The necessary slot became available Wednesday when left-handed pitcher Lenny DiNardo was claimed on waivers by the Oakland Athletics.

After Drew and the Red Sox reached the preliminary deal on Dec. 5, lawyers went to work onlanguagethat would allow Boston to opt out of the guaranteed money for 2010 and 2011 ifDrew re-injures his right shoulder, which was operated on in September 2005.

Drew, 31, became a free agent when he opted out of the last three years of his five-year, $55-million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 146 games last season with L.A., Drew batted .283 with 20 home runs and 100 runs batted in. He posted a .498 slugging percentage along withhis .393 on-base percentage, which ranked ninth in the National League.

DiNardo, 27, was 1-2 with a 7.85 ERA with the Red Sox last season. He pitched in 13 games, including six starts, and was on the disabled list with neck problems from May 24-Aug. 31.

With files from the Associated Press

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