Drew agrees to one-year deal with Braves

Updated: January 20, 2004, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Outfielder J.D. Drew and the Atlanta Braves agreed Tuesday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

The oft-injured Drew, acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals in December, is expected to replace Gary Sheffield in right. Sheffield signed with the New York Yankees this offseason.

St. Louis took Drew with the fifth pick of the 1998 amateur draft, but he has been plagued by injuries, never playing more than 135 games in a season. He made five trips ...

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