Weaver Remains Open To Long-Term Deal

Jered Weaver told Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times that he remains open to extension talks with the Angels, who beat him in arbitration last week. The Halos didn’t make progress on a deal with agent Scott Boras, but the sides could pick up talks after the season.

"From my understanding, it didn't go anywhere," Weaver said. "I'm open to it. I would love to play with the Angels for a long time, and if we can get something done, we will. But I don't want it hanging over my head through the season."

Weaver made $4.625MM last year, when he led the majors in strikeouts. He will earn $7.365MM in 2011, instead of the $8.8MM salary he asked for and won’t hit free agency until after 2012. Arbitration hearings can create or amplify tension between teams and players, but Weaver says he has a “thick skin” and that the Angels weren’t too harsh during the hearing.

"It was kind of fun," Weaver said. "It wasn't like sitting in math class where I wasn't paying attention. It was interesting … You wish you didn't have to do it, but this game has become very business-oriented."

Weaver, 28, posted a 3.01 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 224 1/3 innings last year, making the All-Star team and finishing fifth in Cy Young balloting.


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17 Comments on "Weaver Remains Open To Long-Term Deal"


4 years 6 months ago

Jered, Dude! Your agent LIVES to bring his clients to the free agent market, where he can stage a bidding war. He’s got one of the best young starting pitchers in the game with you, so he’s not gonna lock you up with the Angels before he bangs all the bids off each other. But if your team is in third place wallowing around .500 in late July, better keep the samsonite luggage handy.

Jonathan Stone
4 years 6 months ago

he doesn’t become a free agent untial after 2012, so I think he can keep his clothes in the closet for another year at least.

4 years 4 months ago

Boras works for Weaver. Boras does what Weaver wants. If Weaver wants an extension with the Angels, Weaver will sign an extension with the Angels. The Process works like this. Angels and Boras negotiate. Boras tells Weaver Angels offer. Boras advises Weaver to take or not take deal. Weaver can take deal or not take deal. Boras can advise him to not take it but he can still take it. Cite Gonzalez 7 yr 80 mil extension. Boras is in the best interests of his player. period.

stl_cards16
4 years 6 months ago

Bring on the “Who does Jered Weaver think he is saying he doesn’t want to negotiate in the season, what a cocky jerk”

4 years 6 months ago

“Kind of fun” having the team you give you all to telling you you’re not worth market value? Interesting.

4 years 6 months ago

The Angels aren’t saying he’s not worth market value, they’re saying that his market value is $7.365 and not $8.8.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 6 months ago

I hope this Boras/Angels fiasco is resolved sometime soon…it would be great to see Weaver locked up long-term in LA. If he leaves, they suddenly have a major question mark in that rotation, and with a deep A’s rotation and a deep Texas team it’s hard to see the Angels competing without Jered Weaver.

OCSportsGeek
4 years 6 months ago

5yrs/80 M? How’s that sound?

4 years 6 months ago

Sounds like Arte and Reagins wish you represented Weaver.

4 years 6 months ago

I really like Jered Weaver. If the Phillies weren’t stacked at SP, I’d want him on my team.

BentoBox
4 years 6 months ago

Even if the Phillies were stacked at SP, I’m sure many Philly fans would want him on their team. Halladay/Lee/Oswalt/Hamels/Weaver is like a video game sort of rotation.

SoCalAngelsFan75
4 years 6 months ago

Because Boras is Weaver’s agent then it’s totally in the Angels best interest to try to beat him in arbitration. Weaver was quoted as saying that he doesn’t care if he’s not the highest paid pitcher but if that’s really the case then why hire Boras who typically gets his clients mind-blowing deals? Angels should try to pay him the least possible this year and next and, since most Boras clients test the free market, they can choose to (or not to) overpay for him at that time. Weaver has every right to go for every penny he can get in FA and if that’s an offer by the Angels then I’m sure Boras would talk him into it taking it even if it’s from the team that beat him in arbitration 1 or 2 times.

firstavenger
4 years 6 months ago

it sounds like there arent any tensions between weaver and the halos, which is somewhat of a relief. id love to see the angels sign him for a long term deal.

4 years 6 months ago

I feel Scott Boras screws his clients as much as he helps them.

example 1. He got greedy and asked for 8.8 million in arb. With a season like weavers last year he should be winning his arb. hearing but when your asking for absord raises the court will not side with you. Gaurenteed if Boras asked for 8.4 or something in that area he would have won that hearing.

Example 2. What’s the obsession wiht taking clients to free agency? OK Boras more times than not gets the maximum in deals but there’s money lost in extension opportunities. Say for instance(and this is how I feel the weaver situation should go down) Weaver signed an extension taking him to 32(a 4 yr deal), and hit FA at 32. Thats the same age J. werth just got his huge deal and cliff lee just got his huge deal. J. Weaver is this caliber type player. If you do the math this is economically the way to get the most amount of money through your career.

Extend with Angels 4 yr. $48 mill. FA at 32 Sign lucrative deal 6 yr $129 mill. wala!

stl_cards16
4 years 6 months ago

I realize this. But people come on and say this everytime a player says he doesn’t want to negotiate in the season. That has been the case with Pujols, Bautista, and Weeks all within the last couple weeks. They act like it’s something new that just started.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Probably. I can think of several less deserving players who have gotten 9-digit contracts.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 6 months ago

I see Verlander and Felix’s extensions being comparables to an extension. 5-years, $80MM or 6-years, $100MM would not surprise me in the least.