Drew decides to test the waters

Updated: November 13, 2006, 5:15 PM ET
Pennies rained from heaven on the Dodgers on Thursday, Tony Jackson writes -- $33 million in pennies, as J.D. Drew opted out of the last three years of his deal.

According to reports, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti betrayed some unhappiness with Drew's decision to opt out of his contract. Colletti said he was "surprised" and "disappointed," writes Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, because Drew said repeatedly last season that he did not plan to exercise his opt-out clause. "I know J.D. is a spiritual guy and a man of his word," Colletti said. "I guess he changed his word."

Regardless of who said what to whom, and when it was said, is now irrelevant. Drew is leaving the Dodgers and despite his reputation as being something less than a warrior devoted to playing in every game -- he has never played in more than 146 games in any season, and has played in 135 or fewer games in six of the last eight years -- there should be a robust market for him.