Earlier this morning we saw Scott Boras talking up his prized left field client, Matt Holliday. Well, Boras has nother leftfield client about to become a free agent too. His name is Johnny Damon, and Boras has some opinions on that guy as well:
“Not that I’ve been thinking about this, but players who can get on the field every day and score 100 runs, how many guys do that? Johnny just plays, and he’s got the body type that allows him to do that. If stem-cell research were around, you’d want to tap into that gene pool. He’s (35), but has a 30-year-old’s body. He plays much younger.”
Whatever. We know Boras makes his bones by talking up his dudes. The question I have is what he does when he’s in a negotiation with a team over Holliday, and the team says “well Scott, I think we’d reather pay your boy Damon less than half of Holliday’s salary, but still a lot for Damon, in order to fill our left field needs.”
Conflict of interest, right? One way to get around it is to have subordinates handle either Damon or Holliday’s negotiation while Boras handles the other. But do you think Damon or Holliday hired Boras and expect to be handled by a junior agent?
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.