Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly left tonight’s start in the first inning after walking two of the first four men he faced. As Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald writes, Kelly has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement, though little else beyond that point is known. Boston has already been without left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who had been expected to fill one of the spots at the back of the rotation but suffered a patellar subluxation during Spring Training. It remains to be seen if Kelly will require a DL stint, though it’s worth noting that Rodriguez is slated to throw 70 to 75 pitches in an extended Spring Training game this weekend, as Scott Lauber of ESPN Boston tweets, and he could progress to a rehab stint if all goes well in that outing.
More from Major League Baseball’s Eastern divisions…
- Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna drew trade interest from the Reds, Indians, Mariners, Rangers and Orioles this offseason, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN in listing 10 players that stand out as change-of-scenery candidates. The Marlins sought big-league-ready starting pitching to insert into their rotation in any deal, though, and when no one offered up a pitcher that met their desires, the club instead turned to the free-agent market and signed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year deal (with an opt-out clause). Bowden also notes that both manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Barry Bonds were interested in holding onto Ozuna, believing that they could help him rebound to his 2014 levels.
- Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post opines that the time is now for the Lerner family, who own the Nationals, to step up and make a record-setting extension offer to Bryce Harper. Boswell notes that in addition to proving himself on the field with last season’s dominant MVP campaign, Harper has proven to have matured as well, taking the initiative to bury the hatchet with Jonathan Papelbon even after Papelbon took the blame for last season’s dugout altercation with Harper. Boswell acknowledges that Harper and agent Scott Boras, of course, may not be amenable to a long-term deal. However, a “career contract” that shatters Giancarlo Stanton’s record $325MM pact with the Marlins could potentially grab his attention. The Post scribe adds that the Nats right now have about as much leverage as they’ll ever have, as Harper’s current MLB earnings are still relatively minimal, the club is contending and he’s nearly three full seasons from free agency.
- The Braves could be without center fielder Ender Inciarte for another two weeks, writes David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Manager Fredi Gonzalez tells O’Brien that an “optimistic” timeline for Inciarte would be late April or early May, though Gonzalez says he’s not certain how much the club will push its newly acquired center fielder and lineup catalyst. Rookie Mallex Smith and veteran Drew Stubbs have been patrolling center field in Inciarte’s absence, though neither has hit much.
- WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford spoke to Red Sox manager John Farrell about his working relationship with new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Farrell said that while he’s aware of some front offices that play a larger role in daily lineup decisions, Dombrowski isn’t involved at that level (nor did Alex Anthopoulos when Farrell managed in Toronto or Dombrowski’s predecessor, Ben Cherington, in Boston, he added). Farrell said that he doesn’t consider his relationship with Dombrowski to be drastically different than with his previous bosses, though he did note that his conversations with Dombrowski are in-person more often due to Dombrowski’s larger travel schedule.
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He’s a troll
It ain’t a ‘career’ contract if it includes opt-outs.
Yeah agreed. Seems like wishful thinking for Boswell to believe that Harper would agree to an extension without an opt-out. That would probably require about 750 or 800 million I would guess
I think 12 years and $400M gets it done. Boras gets the next largest contract ever, and the Nationals get long-term control.
Seems about fair but will likely require more with how his season has started and his recent history. I’d guess 12 years and $400 with a couple options as the starting point from his agent. Possibly 10 years at slightly above Giancarlo with options as the low starting point for Bryce’s camp.
That’s a tough one. This guy is no doubt Boras’ biggest pay day in the foreseeable future. I think 12/400 is more than fair but I’m not sure Boras lets him sign an extension. If Washington is willing to go there then he has to be thinking that number will get pushed far north of 400 with other teams involved. Who knows? I’m probably way off. Either way it’s a stupid amount of money.
I am skeptical that Boras would do anything that isn’t truly historic … the number in my head is half a billion dollars. He can now argue, quite reasonably, that this is a truly unique chance to buy up prime years of a player who is on the early part of the path to being a legitimate inner circle HOFer. Fact that Stanton got X and Trout got Y will not factor into the asking price, in my opinion. Boras will be thinking in terms of what an unprecedented open-market bidding war could bring down the line.
I think this is the correct analysis. I think his starting bid is at least $500M plus multiple opt-outs, maybe staggered at 3/5/7 years. Realistically, he has to ask for the moon, and get turned down.
Harper and Boras would break Nationals ownership to sign a deal covering FA seasons, I don’t see any real chance. Just look at how bad Boras hammered Texas on the Andrus deal and he couldn’t even HIT! 8/118m, with 2 opt outs, just in case the kid by chance learned to play the game?
Nationals think Boras is going to sign some deal giving them any of his FA years for less than.. Say 30m annually? MAYBE more than that? Then u know there will be at least a couple of opt outs.
This is Scott Boras here, not some back woods lawyer, but a guy as slick as those politicians in washington. They ain’t got the cash without having no chance of signing anyone else the term of the deal.
Comparing Harper to andrus is pretty absurd though. While every deal of that length is risky, Harper is one of the greatest we’ve ever seen through his short career.
He was not comparing their talent….his well made point was that if Boras can squeeze that much money out of Texas for a player like Andrus…..just think how much he will try to get for a player of Harper’s talent level….if Harper continues to play at his current level or gets better….the sky’s the limit….Washington will be lucky to get 2 guaranteed free agent years from Harper before an opt out would be available to him….and that’s probably only if Harper is guaranteed at least 25-30 million a year from here on out….
Farrell has more in-person meetings with his boss because his boss travels more? Does that imply Dombrowski travels along with the team more often than most GM’s? (My boss travels a lot too but that’s why I never see him and we have few in-person meetings.) I always think of baseball GM’s in office buildings, not traveling with the team…that’s cool if he does go on the road a lot with the team.
I noted that as well.
The new wave stat-oriented GM’s primarily stay at home base looking at data and what the tinker toys show about pitching velocity, exit velocity, spin rate and such. They work with the manager “as a partner” literally daily, discussing data findings from the past game and discussing who will play and pitch for the team in the next few games.
I would tend to believe that Dombrowski is not just traveling with the team – if he was, that would have been noted. I believe he is out there scouting players in person as opposed to electronically, as he did with the Tigers, Marlins, and Expos. The good front office people are superior in evaluating talent – especially young players – and to do that they need to see them in-person. No doubt in my mind that Dowmbrowski is transforming that organization. I’m especially impressed that he seems to spend little time schmoozing the media and forever pushing his brand.
Nope. GMs pretty much travel with the team every day
At that point the Phillies will have lots of money, wouldn’t be surprised to see them take him.
Yes, they thought they had Miguel Cabrara locked up as a future Yankee 3 years before the Marlins traded him to the Tigers.
“RAB Commenter”….funny comment!!….hey “nmendoza51” and “MBg23″….try getting a sense of humor….if the Yank’s could ever grow their own talent they wouldn’t have to spend so much money on free agents!!!…I thought it was only Red Sox fans who had no sense of humor…lol…
oh I have a sense of humor. Doesn’t mean I can’t call out a troll when I see one