Tuesday, December 23, 2008
It's A Slow Market For Boras Clients
Felipe López is a 28-year-old journeyman second baseman who has a .262 career batting average. Two weeks ago, he quietly signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.It's time to remind everyone else that A-Rod didn't sign his earth-shaking deal with Texas until January 26, 2001. There's plenty of time to go on Teixeira; I've got February 1, 2009 in the pool.
That deal is noteworthy now because López is the only client of the agent Scott Boras who has signed a free-agent contract this off-season.
Boras, the game’s most prominent agent, is known for being patient in negotiations until the long-term, big-money deals appear. But two months into the off-season, nearly 20 other Boras clients who filed for free agency are still unsigned. That group — which includes Mark Teixeira, Manny Ramírez, Derek Lowe and Oliver Pérez — includes many of the most talented players left on the market.
The combination of Boras’s patience, team executives who are wary of the weakening economy, and the lack of movement in negotiations between Boras and teams for his premier client, Teixeira, has slowed the movement of the others.
Nope - he signed in early December (check out the date):
It would be hilarious if the high offer on the table by Christmas is the Nats'.