Back in 2007, Scott Boras "advised" recent high school graduate Rick Porcello to take a $7MM Major League contract, tying Josh Beckett's record for the biggest guarantee given to a high school player. Two years later, at age 20, Porcello will start today's crucial one-game playoff against the Twins.
During that time, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, Porcello dropped Boras for agent Alan Hendricks. Porcello's contractual status shouldn't be much of a story until after the 2011 season, when he'll first become eligible for arbitration. As they did with Jeremy Bonderman, the Tigers could attempt to sign Porcello long-term. But Bonderman had four years of service time under his belt when he signed. And the Tigers' more pressing issue may be Justin Verlander, who is due another large raise his second time through arbitration.