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Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:50 pm

Red Sox getting busy

The Red Sox may be looking to make a splash before next week's Winter Meetings.

Earlier today, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown reported (via Twitter ) Red Sox officials were in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford, and now he says (again, on Twitter ) that the team will meet with Scott Boras on Thursday to discuss Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth.

The Red Sox have been relatively quiet so far this offseason, but nobody expects them to sit still.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:00 am

Brewers shopping Braun?

Ryan Braun While Prince Fielder is the Brewer most expect to be traded this offseason,'s Peter Gammons tells NESN's Red Sox Hot Stove Live that Milwaukee may shop Ryan Braun, and if so, the Red Sox would be very interested.

Braun hit .304/.386/.501 with 25 home runs in 2010, similar to his four-year career numbers of .307/.364/.554. He's signed through 2015. He'll make just $4 million in 2012.

If the Brewers do deal him, they'd likely be seeking a king's ransom for such a productive, young (27 next week) player under contract for several more years.

Gammons said the Red Sox aren't likely a match for Fielder, because agent Scott Boras has said any team looking to sign his client to an extension will be looking for a Mark Teixeira-like contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:26 pm

Boras' words don't bode well for Werth's return

Scott Boras
Scott Boras thinks the Phillies are on financial par with the Yankees. And he thinks Jayson Werth is a bigger free agent than Carl Crawford.

This is not good news if you're a Phillies fan who would like to see Werth continue to wear red pinstripes rather than dark blue ones.

"We have, in my mind, probably the most coveted offensive player in the free-agent market," Boras told "Carl Crawford is a really great player, but the truth of the matter is, Werth scores as many runs, and his on-base percentage is the same. Werth is a guy that can play center field and has played center field recently. He's a Gold Glove-type outfielder. Crawford is, too. But the big difference is that Werth has 87 home runs over the last three years and Crawford has 42."

Uh oh. This could mean Boras is going to hold out and see how much Crawford gets (the answer: enough to buy Paraguay) and then expect teams to go one better for Werth. Can the Phillies afford to do that?

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently that they can, but the numbers the Phillies already have on the books are pretty formidable. They have $147 million committed to 16 players next season. If they keep all those players, they still have to pay nine more, and if one of them is Werth at $15 million or more, that puts the Phillies in luxury tax territory, a land currently inhabited only by those guys from the Bronx. The tax cutoff is $178 million.

Boras thinks the Phillies should be in that neighborhood.

"The Yankees are a Goliath," Boras said. "George [Steinbrenner] built them with the idea of the word best. The Phillies are now Goliaths. The reality of it is, they have the ability to do what they need to do to retain their players. It's merely a matter of choice. ... Somebody asked me if they can have a $200 million payroll. Of course they could. It would be good business to do so."

The message: "Hey, Phillies fans, if your team doesn't pay Jayson Werth, it won't be because I made preposterous demands, it will be because the Phillies chose not to when they totally could." So much for the new rules about not using the media in negotiations.

At this point, it's not looking good for Werth's return to Philly. With Domonic Brown ready to play, and earning around the minimum, it really doesn't make much sense for the Phillies.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:23 am

Ordonez's time in Detroit may not be over

Magglio Ordonez The Tigers have officially declined the $15 million option on Magglio Ordonez, but that doesn't mean Ordonez's time in Detroit is done.

"We've not closed the door," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told . "We're very open to [singing him]. But somebody may make him a tremendous offer that he will take."

Ordonez, 36, was hitting .303/.378/.474 with 12 home runs when he suffered a broken ankle on July 24.

Ordonez tells Augusto Cardenas of Diario Panorama that he wants to stay in Detroit.

"I want to stay in Detroit, obviously," Ordonez told Cardenas (via's Jason Beck ). "I have my friends, my teammates. I know the organization has been very good to me and the fans have treated me great. … I think there is a great chance to stay in Detroit, but let's see what happens."

One sticking point may be that Ordonez is represented by Scott Boras, and that always makes things more difficult.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 5:33 pm

Werth signs with Boras

Jayson Werth Does this look like a man who sold his soul?

Or just one who will soon have enough to buy it back, plus a couple of extras.

Whichever, Jayson Werth will be a rich(er) man soon enough. Not only is he a free agent after this season, he also hired Scott Boras, the agent told's Jim Salisbury .

Werth, fresh off his walk-off homer in Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Nationals, is now hitting .292/.381/.521 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI. The 31-year old Werth signed a two-year deal worth $10 million ($2 million in 2009, $7 million this year and another $1 million signing bonus) before the 2009 season to avoid arbitration.

That contract was negotiated by his previous agent, Jeff Borris.

The Phillies have said they'd like to re-sign the outfielder, but there have been few negotiations. Boras told Salisbury that he hopes to have discussions with the Phillies shortly after the season ends.

Expect any team with a need for an outfielder and money to have interest. The Phillies may fall into both categories, along with the usual big-money players such as the Yankees and Red Sox. In the end, Werth will have enough money to coat that glorious beard in gold, and isn't that what really matters?

UPDATE: Boras is now talking and showing how he's going to position his new client -- as a center fielder.

"Werth is a totally different type of player. He’s an athlete who can play center field, run, steal bases, be a Gold Glove type outfielder," Boras told's Ken Rosenthal . "A lot of teams out there need center-field production."

The Philadelphia Inquirer 's Matt Gelb tweets Boras told him, "the Phillies are a very viable alternative."

UPDATE: Werth talked about the move before Monday's game with the Braves.

"Being in the situation that I’m in, having never gone into free agency, over the past few months, I just thought it was time to make the switch," Werth told reporters, including David Hale of the News Journal . "I went with Boras Corporation, I think it’s the best place for me right now. I don’t think it has anything to do with anything other than wanting the best representation going into free agency.”

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 9:35 pm

A-Rod dumps Boras

Scott Boras Alex Rodriguez has seven years left on his 10-year, $275 million contract, so at 35, it's unlikely he'll need another contract with a baseball team.

So, he has reportedly cut ties with agent Scott Boras and has been using sports attorney Jay Reisinger and lawyer Jim Sharp for his legal matters, USA Today 's Bob Nightengale reports .

Boras has twice negotiated the largest contract in baseball history on Rodriguez's behalf, but it looks like he won't need another one of those.

The Pittsburgh-based Reisinger is a certified agent with the players association.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports Rodriguez fired Boras via letter sent about 45 days ago and the two haven't spoken since.

Call me crazy, but if someone gets me $500 million, I'm at least going to break up with the dude face-to-face.

Heyman adds Rodriguez is using Madonna's agent, Guy Oseary, as his "manager" now.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:29 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 5:30 pm

Strasburg has strong words for Harper

For the second time in a year, the Nationals are going down to the wire with the No. 1 draft pick.

Last year Stephen Strasburg was looking out for himself, but now under contract, he's got some strong words for Bryce Harper.

Here's what he told reporters (via Nats Insider ):
"I don't have any advice for him. It's his decision. If he wants to play here, he's going to play here. He doesn't need advice from anybody convince him otherwise. If he doesn't want to play here, then we don't want him here." Really, couldn't he have left it after the first sentence considering he was the guy people were saying the same thing about a year ago? Shouldn't he understand a little more?

Harper has until midnight tomorrow to sign. Strasburg and puppet master Scott Boras famously waited until 11:59 to agree on his record contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:31 am

Harper enrolled in classes

Bryce Harper Bryce Harper has enrolled in classes at the College of Southern Nevada, improving his leverage in negotiations with the Washington Nationals.

Harper has also met the new coach at the junior college,'s Bill Ladson reports .

Harper, the No. 1 pick in June's draft, has until Aug. 16 to get a deal done or he heads back to the draft-eligible pool for 2011.

Harper left high school early to go to the junior college and be eligible for the 2010 draft. Harper is "advised" by Scott Boras, who has advised several draft picks in the past to go back to school (if they have eligibility) or go to an independent league. Based on Boras' track record, he's not afraid to follow through on waiting another year before cashing in.

Some, including CBS Facts & Rumors blogger David Andriesen, believe calling the bluff may be the best course of action for the Nationals .

Last season, Boras and the Nationals went down to the  final minutes before agreeing to a deal for Stephen Strasburg. In 2008, the Nationals didn't come to terms with Aaron Crow and used their compensatory pick to select Drew Storen.

As for Harper's latest, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo declined to comment to Ladson.

"I'm not going to discuss our negotiations other than to say we are in negotiations with all of our unsigned draft choices," Rizzo said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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