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Friday, February 08, 2019

CBS Sports:  MLB rumors: Agents for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado still seeking $300M deals; inside Marlins-Phillies trade

This is hilarious.  Hill. Air. E. Us.

Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, and Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, both are believed to be seeking at least $300 million. Neither wants to sign first, knowing once one of the players goes off the board, the other will benefit from gaining the sole attention of the remaining suitors.

So all of the angst over Harper and Machado not signing?  Their agent’s are behind it, not the teams.

TDF, trained monkey Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:53 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: February 08, 2019 at 08:39 PM (#5813850)
Well, that's one way to try to spin it. The other way to spin it is that it is the fault of the teams for (collectively) not making adequate offers.

The second sentence is likely wrong. The first one to sign sets the upper limit for the second one, not the lower limit. That's certainly the way it's always worked in the FA era. "Harper signed for 10/$280, why should we offer you 10/$300?" is the way it goes.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 08, 2019 at 09:58 PM (#5813858)
club to Manny:

"Harper signed for 10/$280, why should we offer you 10/$300?"


Machado response: Well, because I'm better.
   3. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: February 08, 2019 at 11:31 PM (#5813883)
The second sentence is likely wrong.
The entire thing reads like a planted story or someone's anti-player fever dream.
   4. TDF, trained monkey Posted: February 09, 2019 at 08:06 AM (#5813899)
The first one to sign sets the upper limit for the second one, not the lower limit. That's certainly the way it's always worked in the FA era
It is? Any examples? Because the opposite would make more sense - as the article explains, after one signs the other is the only superstar available.
The entire thing reads like a planted story or someone's anti-player fever dream.
The quoted text is originally from a Rosenthal article, so I certainly wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.
   5. McCoy Posted: February 09, 2019 at 08:33 AM (#5813902)
You would need at least three teams interested in both at extremely high prices and if that is the case there would already be a bidding war.
   6. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 09, 2019 at 02:57 PM (#5813969)
At the beginning of the offseason MLB Trade Rumors projected them to get $420 and $390 million dollar contracts, respectively.
   7. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: February 09, 2019 at 03:22 PM (#5813972)
The quoted text is originally from a Rosenthal article, so I certainly wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.
That part still reads like someone feeding spin, trying to deflect blame and ward off collusion allegations. Who's the source of that conclusion that neither agent wants to sign first?

But you also concluded in your intro "the agents are to blame, not the teams" -- despite the sentence immediately after the quoted passage reading "The clubs, too, prefer to stall." [And, though it isn't in the CBS article, the sentence immediately *before* the quote is "The actual answer is more complex, but all sides bear responsibility for the delays."]

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