NL East Notes: Phillies, Harvey

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown writes that the Phillies-Ben Wetzler saga is a reminder that the current system, in which NCAA rules permit players to retain "advisors" but not agents who personally negotiate with MLB clubs, is broken. Commenting for the article, Scott Boras noted that "anyone in America can have an attorney –- a representative –- for a complicated negotiation, except an athlete who signed a letter of intent to an NCAA institution." It's time for a change in the rules, Boras argues, as "teams annually solicit and participate in a process where they're knowingly violating NCAA rules and jeopardizing the student-athlete eligibility." Here's more from around the NL East:

  • Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the incident in comments today, telling The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb and other reporters that he isn't worried about how it will impact the club's reputation. "I think people know we do things professionally and the way we go about our business," he said. "So I think our reputation is very good." Amaro didn't address his role in the process beyond saying that he was "aware" Wetzler was being reported.
  • Bobby Abreu's strong performance in Venezuelan winter ball set him up for a tryout with the Phillies, reports Gelb. Abreu is almost guaranteed to make the club's roster as a bench bat if he perfomes adequately in Spring Training.
  • Mets ace Matt Harvey threw for the first time since Tommy John surgery today, MLB.com's Marty Noble writes. The Mets would prefer to keep the story of Harvey's progress quiet, however.


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4 Comments on "NL East Notes: Phillies, Harvey"


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start_wearing_purple
1 year 6 months ago

Boras wants more agent involvement… what a shocker.

pastlives
1 year 6 months ago

he’s right though, and if it benefits himself, all the better

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start_wearing_purple
1 year 6 months ago

I actually agree with him as well, I just couldn’t resist a cheap shot. Besides the way it sounds is the teams, the players, and the agents all have a silent agreement anyway. Being open and honest about everything will at least make sure everything is above board.

GameMusic3
1 year 6 months ago

I am rooting hard for Bobby Abreu, probably my favorite other franchise player ever, and wish he had more seasons with the Dodgers than a half.

Big fan of patience and speed. I would vote for him in the hall, but expect voters have different priorities.