Tag:Scott Olsen
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:19 am
 

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras



By Matt Snyder


Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has decided to part ways with Scott Boras (seen above during happier times), ending a 12-year relationship with the uber-agent.

"There are a lot of things and no reason to go into details," Teixeira said. "We have been together long enough and time to go in a different direction ... When I hired Scott at 18 to help with career there was talk about free agent contract. At times I was Mark Teixeira, Scott Boras client instead of Mark Teixeira, baseball player." (New York Post )

As a Boras client, Teixeira landed an eight-year, $180 million contract. He still has six years left on that deal, so one could argue he doesn't really need an agent's services too much the next few years. He's going to make $22.5 million in 2016 before becoming a free agent.

Boras also lost Alex Rodriguez as a client earlier this offseason.

It's an interesting query: Why are these guys leaving Boras? Both have plenty of years and money left on their contracts -- incredibly lucrative ones that Boras negotiated. Does it show a lack of loyalty or the players tiring of Boras -- or neither, as it could be just a coincidence?

Here's an enlightening quote on the situation.

Bryan Hoch, the MLB.com beat writer for the Yankees, tweets that "Teixeira said he wants to focus more on helping Yankees win and impact in community, not next contract. Feels Boras isn't best fit for that."

Interesting. So with six years left on a deal, Boras is still talking about the next one? While that's certainly his job, I can see how it would be a bit exhausting. It's not like Tex is going to be in the poor house anytime soon.

DEJA VU: Milton Bradley is swinging a hot bat in the spring. He's had problems with his current manager before (Eric Wedge), but he's learned from his mistakes and is now focused on doing the right things to help the team win. The manager is singing his praises. And it's March 2. We've heard this song and dance before, even if some specifics are different. Maybe one of these days something will change. Until then, history is the biggest indicator of future behavior. After 11 seasons, you don't even need a whole hand to count the number of times a season has ended on a positive note for Bradley. He's going to have to prove otherwise for a full season before getting the benefit of the doubt here. (MLB.com )

LILLY SCRATCHED: Ted Lilly was supposed to make his spring training debut Wednesday, but he's been scratched due to the flu. No long-term worries here whatsoever, though no new date for Lilly's first spring outing has been set. (MLB.com )

TROUBLE ON THE HOME FRONT? There seems to be some signals crossed in Pirates camp when it comes to Scott Olsen. Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said that Olsen was fighting for the fifth rotation spot and could be sent to the bullpen if he loses out. That was news to Olsen. "He hasn’t told me that, I don’t know anything about the bullpen, I’m a starter," Olsen told the Post-Gazette. "They didn’t bring me in here to be a bullpen guy," he continued. "They want to do that, we are going to have to have a conversation about it, and we haven’t had one about it." Um, really? We're talking about a guy with this line in his career as a starting pitcher: 36-49, 4.87 ERA, 1.48 WHIP. In the past two years, he's 6-12 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. And he apparently thinks he's in a position to make demands? Wow. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

STAYING PUT: Brandon Phillips wants to stay with the Reds. The Reds want to keep him. Of course, in baseball we know we have to deal with much more than that, when it comes to dollars the player feels he's worth and the dollars the smallish market team can pay him -- especially with all the young talent the Reds have on the roster. John Fay breaks down how it might shake out. (Cincinnati Enquirer )

HIATUS? Former Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has still yet to sign a contract. In fact, he may be ready to sit out an entire season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports via Twitter that he talked to a player who knows Bonderman and "more than likely he's going to sit this year out." Crasnick also offered that Bonderman "doesn't have the energy for more rehabs, or going to camp and having to fight for a spot." In several ways, it's easy to feel bad for Bonderman. First of all, he was thrown into the fire on the worst major-league team in recent memory as a 20 year old -- that 2003 Tigers team that went 43-119. Bonderman took his lumps all year, going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. A few years later, he was a quality pitcher on a team that made the World Series. Since then, he's fallen apart with injuries and has never really scratched the surface on his potential. He's still only 28, so maybe a full season of rest can do some long-term good for his baseball potential. (Crasnick on Twitter )

FRIENDS FOREVER: Barry Bonds' ex-trainer is going to jail, again, instead of testifying against Bonds. Loyalty or blind stupidity? You make the call. (Associated Press )

NO LOANS FOR YOU! The Mets will not be receiving any more loans from Major League Baseball. That cool $25 million from last November will have to do. Maybe the Mets could borrow back some of the money Jason Bay didn't earn last year? (New York Times )

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:49 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 10:55 am
 

Pirates closing in on Kawakami deal

Kenshin Kawakami The Pirates are close to acquiring Kenshin Kawakami from the Braves, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel reports .

The sticking point, right now it seems is how much money the Braves send over. The Pirates could be sending as little as a player to be named.

The Orioles are also reportedly interested in Kawakami, but their interest could just be a negotiation ploy for the Braves trying to leverage a better deal out of Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have been trying to move Paul Maholm, and if they are able to do that, it would then open a spot for Kawakami.

In other Pirates news, the team's deal with Scott Olsen is structured as more or less a try-out deal to see if his shoulder is healthy. He will make $500,000 this year, but can make up to $3 million in incentives based on starts. There's also a club option for $4 million for 2012.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Pirates eyeing more starters

The Pirates' search for pitching won't stop with Scott Olsen. The team is interested in Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami (MLB.com ) and Justin Duchscherer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ), because as of now, their rotation is Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Olsen, with Brad Lincoln also in the mix.

The Braves are looking to unload Kawakami, who is due $6.667 million in 2011, the last year of his three-year deal with Atlanta. Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA, in 18 games and 16 starts. He was twice sent to the minors last season and was removed from the team's 40-man roster. The Braves would likely pay a good portion of Kawakami's salary and may just want to dump him.

Duchscherer, 33, appeared in just five games last season with the A's with a  hip injury and missed all of 2009 with back and shoulder injuries. He was an All-Star in 2008, going 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in Oakland.

According to the Post-Gazette report, Duchscherer is expected to be ready for spring training.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:52 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Pirates to sign Olsen

Olsen The Pirates have agreed to a one-year deal with Scott Olsen, reports MLB.com 's Jennifer Langosch.

The deal, stuffed with incentives, is only pending a physical and will make Olsen a member of Pittsburgh's starting rotation. He will likely have to compete for a job but in name only.

Olsen posted a 5.56 ERA (4.39 xFIP) in 2010 for the Nationals in 81 innings. That ERA was worse in 2009 at 6.03 (4.91 xFIP) in 62 2/3 starts as he has been plagued by injuries. His last healthy season was in 2008 when he spun 201 2/3 innings of a 4.20 ERA (4.95 xFIP) for the Marlins.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 7:08 pm
 

Pirates 'deeply interested' in Olsen

Scott Olsen
An industry source tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Pirates are "deeply interested" in free-agent left-handed starter Scott Olsen, who was recently waived by the Nationals.
"The Pirates are one of several teams that have expressed interest in Scott," agent Matt Sosnick said. "It's certainly a compelling opportunity."

Olsen arrived in Washington in 2009, traded from Florida after frequent trouble on and off the field early in his career. The 26-year-old has been a disppointment for the Nationals, missing time with several injuries and being ineffective when he does pitch. He's gone 6-12 in 28 appearances for the Nationals with a 4.85 ERA.

While his numbers aren't great, Olsen is the kind of low-cost solution that might work well for the Pirates. He's shown flashes of potential, including taking a no-hitter into the eighth against Atlanta last May, and a change of scenery might do him good.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 8:52 pm
 

Olsen unhappy with bullpen assignment

Scott Olsen It's not every day that one is unhappy about pitching four no-hit innings, grabbing a win and seeing his mother watch from the stand.

And yet, that's exactly what Scott Olsen was Monday -- unhappy.

Olsen made his first appearance out of the bullpen for the first time in over five years, blanking the Mets as the Nats rolled to a 13-3 win. All well and good, Olsen said, but it didn't change the fact he pitched out of the bullpen.

"I don't want to be a bullpen guy," Olsen told the Washington Post .

A big reason why Olsen dislikes relieving is it takes him out of his pregame routine where he plays catch 140 feet apart before taking the mound to prepare for starts. He is unable to do so in the bullpen as he has to get on the mound and begin throwing immediately.

"That's not going to work," Olsen stated. "I've done it. I don't get on the mound unless I play long toss. That's the biggest difference."

Well, obviously Olsen does get on the mound without playing long toss, as he did just that Monday. And clearly, the lack of long tossing isn't impeding his quality. Olsen was 1-6 with a 8.72 ERA in seven starts after coming off the disabled list and before losing his job in the rotation.

Seems to me like the long toss isn't exactly the missing denominator in Olsen's success.

Olsen won't stick in the bullpen permanently as manager Jim Riggleman said Olsen will draw another start at some point, but for now is happy to have him in the bullpen.

"He really threw good," manager Jim Riggleman said. "That may not be something that he's fired up to do. But he did it for the ballclub today, and he did a great job."

Washington suddenly has a crowded starting rotation even with Stephen Strasburg done for the year. Jordan Zimmermann, Livan Hernandez and Jason Marquis aren't going anywhere, while John Lannan is on a hot streak.

Olsen was bumped for Cuban defector Yuniesky Maya, who is mahing his major-league debut Tuesday. The Nats also have Ross Detwiler on ice as a future member of the rotation.

That doesn't leave much room for Olsen, who is 4-8 on the year with a 5.58 ERA in 15 starts and the one relief appearance. The 26-year-old has one more year of arbitration eligibility ahead of him before becoming a free agent, but the Nationals can opt to non-tender the lefty, which they did in the 2009-10 offseason. Olsen took a paycut to $1 million guaranteed for 2010, coming off a $2.8 million salary.

Another non-tender is likely, especially if there's no room in the rotation. Even though Washington can force Olsen to pitch out of the bullpen, it's not in either side's best interests to do so.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 4, 2010 4:44 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Nats' Maya may debut on Tuesday

Yunesky Maya How about Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg rolled into one?

Yunesky Maya is Cuban and playing for the Nationals, so he's kind of like a combo of two of the game's top pitching prospects.

Anyway, the 29-year old Maya could be making his major league debut Tuesday at Nationals Park against the Mets, the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore reports .

Kilgore cites a source that the team is moving left-hander Scott Olsen to the bullpen and Olsen's spot in the rotation -- Tuesday -- is now officially listed as TBA by the Nationals.

The will likely go to Maya, who signed a four-year, $6 million contract with the Nationals. He started two games at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing one run, eight hits, five walks and striking out nine in 10 1/3 innings. He made three total starts in the minors, going 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.

The right-handed Maya is a veteran of the Cuban national team and its ace the last few years. Maya defected last year. In his final year in Cuban's top league, Maya was 13-4 with a 2.22 ERA and won the league's equivalent of the Cy Young Award.

Olsen's move to the bullpen hurts his wallet more than his pride. Because of the incentive-laden contract the left-hander signed, he received $100,000 for every start of the season he made after his 13th (he made $250,000 for starts 11 and 12). Olsen is 3-8 with a 5.88 ERA. He allowed eight hits and nine runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Wednesday.

UPDATE: NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman reports Maya will indeed start on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 4:44 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Nats' Maya may debut on Tuesday

Yunesky Maya How about Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg rolled into one?

Yunesky Maya is Cuban and playing for the Nationals, so he's kind of like a combo of two of the game's top pitching prospects.

Anyway, the 29-year old Maya could be making his major league debut Tuesday at Nationals Park against the Mets, the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore reports .

Kilgore cites a source that the team is moving left-hander Scott Olsen to the bullpen and Olsen's spot in the rotation -- Tuesday -- is now officially listed as TBA by the Nationals.

The will likely go to Maya, who signed a four-year, $6 million contract with the Nationals. He started two games at Triple-A Syracuse, allowing one run, eight hits, five walks and striking out nine in 10 1/3 innings. He made three total starts in the minors, going 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.

The right-handed Maya is a veteran of the Cuban national team and its ace the last few years. Maya defected last year. In his final year in Cuban's top league, Maya was 13-4 with a 2.22 ERA and won the league's equivalent of the Cy Young Award.

Olsen's move to the bullpen hurts his wallet more than his pride. Because of the incentive-laden contract the left-hander signed, he received $100,000 for every start of the season he made after his 13th (he made $250,000 for starts 11 and 12). Olsen is 3-8 with a 5.88 ERA. He allowed eight hits and nine runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Wednesday.

UPDATE: NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman reports Maya will indeed start on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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