I just left the lobby of the Hyatt Grand Cypress. The bar was closing down but Brian Cashman was going strong talking with Sam and Seth Levinson, the agents for Jorge Posada.
I can’t tell you for sure they were discussing a deal for Posada. But I’m guessing Cash wasn’t in the lobby after midnight for kicks.
Meanwhile, I was standing about 40 feet away talking baseball with Scott Boras and a few other writers. I needed a quote from him for my A-Rod story (which I got) and the rest was mostly in the interest of getting to know him better.
Boras is a fascinating character. He’s operating on a different level than 95 percent of the people in his business. It would be an education to spend a few days watching him work.
He didn’t have anything particular to say about the Yankees beyond that he considers the door still open to negotiate with A-Rod. He’s also clearly annoyed with how the media portrayed the situation when Alex opted out.
But he says it all with a smile. Boras is holding the cards and he knows it. The papers rip him, the fans curse him and the owners probably want him shipped off to Iraq. But he almost always gets what he wants.
I just flipped through the comments from today. Two things:
I love people trying to figure a way to get Miguel Cabrera or Johan Santana without giving up actual talent. Most of the trade proposals I’ve seen are apparently based on the other GM being on crack. Sending five Class B prospects to a team does not equal two blue-chippers.
And while trying to read between the lines of what agents and GMs say is fun, it’s generally a waste of time. Every agent threatens to put his client in the open market and every GM pretends they don’t care.
Most free agents (non Boras division) either want to stay with their team or not. Those that do will generally make the best deal they can regardless of deadlines. Those that don’t will leave unless the team makes them a crazy offer. All the rest is just noise in pursuit a few more thousand.