Tag:Scott Boras
Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:30 am

White Sox cooling on Dunn

Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Ken Williams has cooled his pursuit of Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

The Nationals' asking price is too high for the White Sox. Quoting unnamed sources, Cowley writes Washington is "asking for the moon" in exchange for Dunn.

Although reports have linked the White Sox and Prince Fielder, Cowley shoots that down on two lines: 1. Scott Boras and 2. Fielder reportedly wants a Ryan Howard-type contract when he becomes a free agent after the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:16 am

Nats owner says Harper negotations have begun

Bryce Harper The Nationals drafted Stephen Strasburg with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 and handed him a record-breaking $15.1 million deal.

Now, Washington has Bryce Harper in the fold after making him the first overall choice in 2010. Harper reportedly wants his own record-breaking deal, which is a lot of money for Washington to commit to a 17-year old outfielder. Strasburg was in a completely different boat, but Nats owner Mark Lerner isn't concerned about negotiations with Harper and agent Scott Boras.

"I'm confident we'll get a deal worked out," Lerner told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post . "I think the kid wants to play."

Lerner revealed that Boras and GM Mike Rizzo have had conversations, but it will take until closer to the Aug. 16 signing deadline for things to truly ramp up. Lerner believes that the strong working relationship between Boras and Rizzo will help get a deal done. The two worked together on Strasburg's deal.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 8:16 pm

New York Times: Ramirez sought exemption for drug

Manny Ramirez Near the time Manny Ramirez was suspended in 2009 for violating MLB's drug program, his representatives informed baseball that they were going to file a request to use a banned banned fertility drug to boost testosterone levels, the New York Times reports .

While Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, never filed a request, they considered doing so again in September after Ramirez served his suspension, the Times adds -- but they never did so.

The second time was when Ramirez was struggling at the plate for the Dodgers who were in a race to win the division. The Times says that Dodgers personnel, including general manager Ned Colletti, discussed how Ramirez could be helped and whether or not he would qualify for an exemption for a tesosterone-boosting drug.

That's certainly a damning statement.

Ramirez, along with Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch, declined to comment on the story. The information is based on three anonymous sources in baseball.

Medical exemptions pose a problem in sports, as the leagues must balance actual need with the possibility the drugs act as a way to use performance-enhancing drugs with no backlash. Baseball is especially sensitive to the issue after Congress called MLB out in 2008 for allowing players to be granted medical exemptions and use amphetamines. Following the banning of amphetamines, the number of exemptions jumped from 26 to 103. The exemptions have not gone down since the Congress chatising, but growth is limited.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez was banned earlier in the 2010 season for using a fertility drug as well. He claims he was using the drug to try to start a family with his wife. He is currently serving the suspension despite being on the 60-day disabled list after Tommy John surgery, a loophole that will likely be closed down the road.

RELATED: Manager Joe Torre said that Manny Ramirez will not play the field in his return to Fenway Park on Friday. Ramirez played left field for the Red Sox from 2001 to July, 2007 before being traded.

UPDATE: The Dodgers deny the report to ESPNLosAngeles.com .

"The Dodgers did not look into any therapeutic use exemptions for Manny Ramirez," Dodgers' spokesman Josh Rawitch told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We decline any further comment."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:20 am

Four Boras clients in top seven picks

In case you're curious about the signability of your team's top pick, Sports Agent Blog has a list of representatives for the 50 players taken on the first day of the draft.

Scott Boras represents four of the top seven picks: Top pick Bryce Harper (C/OF, Nationals), No. 3 Manny Machado (SS, Orioles), No. 4 Christian Colon (SS, Royals) and No. 7 Matt Harvey (RHP, Mets). Boras is expected to seek a signing bonus for Harper in excess of the record $15.1 million he got top pick Stephen Strasburg minutes before last year's deadline.

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:11 pm

Officially official: Harper to the Nats

In the least shocking draft pick since, well, Stephen Strasburg went first overall a year ago, the Washington Nationals have finally selected Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

Strasburg debuts for the National on Tuesday, while Harper and agent Scott Boras will begin their drawn-out negotiations.

Now things get interesting, with Pittsburgh and Baltimore decide between Texas prep pitcher Jameson Taillon and Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado.

Unlike Strasburg, Harper isn't a finished product. He's been a catcher in high school and junior college, but his future may lie elsewhere. The Nationals announced him as an outfielder when Bud Selig made the announcement. One thing's for certain, though, with Boras as his agent, he's not going to get a paycheck from the Nationals until Aug. 16, the deadline for draft picks to sign.

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