FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When J.D. Drew was a collegiate baseball player at Florida State University, professional scouts from all 30 big league teams were sent to watch him play in order to get a full understanding of the complete player.
Drew's abilities made him one of the most highly touted players at the time. He eventually signed his first pro contract with the St. Louis Cardinals after they selected him in the first round (fifth overall) in the 1998 draft.
"I was sent there to watch what a complete, five-tool player looked liked," said one American League scout.
That was then.
This is now.
The 2010 season will be Drew's 13th in the majors, and he's under contract with the Boston Red Sox until the end of the 2011 campaign. The 34-year-old outfielder has accomplished many things in his career, and prior to the first day of full-squad workouts for the Red Sox on Wednesday at the Player Development Complex, Drew discussed with ESPNBoston.com the possibility of hanging up the spikes when his contract expires.