Waiting For Boras
Yesterday around this time, a huge crowd of reporters gathered around the stage where Greg Maddux had just announced his retirement, anticipating a Q-and-A session with agent Scott Boras, who counts among his clients not only Maddux but several of the top free agents on the current market, including Mark Teixeira, Derek Lowe and Manny Ramirez. But Boras, apparently not wanting to upstage Maddux's big day, ducked out a back exit.
I'm fully expecting Boras to meet the media at some point today, and I fully expect him to do his job -- which is to create the impression of frantic interest in his clients, while not revealing anything sensitive about their markets. He has a specific, important agenda, and that must be considered when listening to what he has to say.
At the same time, Boras may offer some guidance on a possible timeline for Teixeira -- who is being pursued by the Nationals, Orioles, Red Sox, Angels and possibly others -- to sign his mega-deal, which could approach $200 million in total value. Boras's characterization of the Teixeira talks, if in fact he makes himself available to the media, will be the primary topic of the day here in Las Vegas.
There have been no known offers made to Teixeira, and certainly the Nationals are wary of making an offer that would only be used as leverage against a richer, more desirable team. They prefer to see how the market develops before deciding whether to jump in. I have also been led to believe they may ultimately decide NOT to make an offer at all, depending upon how high the other teams bid, plus the sense they get about Teixeira's willingness to play for them.
In the meantime, the Red Sox seem to be replacing the Angels as the odds-on favorites to land Teixiera, as typified in this piece by Gordon Edes. I'm sticking with my prediction that Teixeira will sign with the Angels.
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