J.D. Drew's agent said the outfielder doesn't have any physical ailments that would prevent his contract with the Boston Red Sox from being finalized.
Scott Boras, who represents Drew, reached a preliminary agreement with the Red Sox on Dec. 5 for a US$70 million, five-year contract. The Boston Herald reported Saturday that the outfielder's medical exam raised "a red flag" that the team wanted to check into, and the Herald and Boston Globe have focused on his right shoulder.
Drew had surgery on his right shoulder and on a wrist in September 2005.
"J.D. is healthy," Boras said Wednesday night. "We've had noted experts that have demonstrated that he's without any condition that would effect him over the five years of the contract."
Boras said that drafting the agreement is the only obstacle to completing an agreement. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has not commented publicly on the deal since the reports on Drew's condition began last weekend.
"Theo and I are working on this in good faith," Boras said. "We're just working through the language."
Drew would receive annual salaries of $14 million, but if he doesn't meet set levels of games played, some of the final year's $14 million would be deferred.
Boston plans to have the left-handed-hitting 31-year-old play right field and bat fifth behind David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. Drew hit .283 last season with 20 homers and a career-high 100 RBIs for the Dodgers.