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This Day in Braves History: J.D. Drew signs with Dodgers

Drew put up a career-best season with the Braves in 2004.

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This Day in Braves History: December 23

2004 - Free agent outfielder J.D. Drew signs a five-year, $55 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Drew spent the previous season in Atlanta after he was acquired along with catcher Eli Marrero from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Ray King, Jason Marquis and Adam Wainwright. Drew had been injury prone throughout his time with the Cardinals but put it all together for Atlanta in 2004 by appearing in 145 games and hitting .305/.436/.569 with 31 home runs and 28 doubles. He produced a career-high tying 162 wRC+ and a career best 8.6 fWAR.

2014 - The Braves sign reliever Jason Grilli to a two year deal. Grilli put together a solid 2015 season for Atlanta posting a 2.94 ERA and a 2.12 FIP in 36 games while recording 24 saves. Grilli had a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings with the Braves in 2016 before he was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league pitcher Sean Ratcliffe.