The Arizona Diamondbacks held the fifteenth overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft. Their plan was to pick a college pitcher as is their usual draft strategy. What they found was a gift. Stephen Drew who was regarded as the best overall position player in the draft had plummeted and was available when the Diamondbacks selection came up. Drew’s slide had nothing to do with his baseball skills. Instead, it was fear. Fear of sign ability. Drew had hired Scott Boras as his agent and rumors the week before the draft had frightened many clubs that if they used their pick on Drew they were in for a prolonged negotiation that would cost them some serious money.


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