Friday, December 19, 2008

First to Third: Where is Scott Boras?

The Yankees unwrapped their presents this morning as the team introduced its newest acquisitions, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. Francisco Rodriguez signed his deal with the Mets, so three of the big names on the free agent market have already found new homes. Despite these big names making headlines and earning over $280 million between just the three of them, there is one superstar that traditionally makes news around this time of year that has been curiously quiet in '08. Has anyone seen Scott Boras?

Baseball's mega-agent and the maestro behind Alex Rodriguez opting out of his contract during the World Series in '07 is still waiting for his two biggest clients this off-season, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez, to sign contracts. Manny has even flirted with the idea of retirement, unless a good offer comes soon. While everyone's favorite lackadaisical leftfielder is unlikely to hang 'em up, Manny's hot stove hasn't reached room temperature yet. Teixeira is bound to sign somewhere - and soon - but the fireworks that typically surround Boras have been absent during the Teixeira negotiations. All of Teixeira's offers have come in the same ballpark financially, but isn't it Boras' job to drive that price up? It just hasn't happened.

We're talking about the same agent that has stirred the pot and stole the headlines by securing A-Rod, Barry Zito, and Daisuke Matsuzaka (among others) absurd contracts. This year, his clients are still unsigned. Keep looking under rocks, though, Boras is due to show up any day now. Like Santa Claus, Boras shows up once a year, every year.

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