The uber-agent on his free agent client, Johnny Damon:
“His durability is off the charts,” Boras said, referring to Damon’s
streak of 14 straight seasons with 140-plus games played.
“Chronological age does not have anything to do with a player of his
genetics. Certainly you have to look at the Yankees’ history and what
they’ve paid players of his like age who maybe did not have his
I’ll grant Boras that no player technically has Damon’s genetics insofar as, last I checked, he doesn’t have an identical twin playing baseball. But it sounds to me that what Boras is really saying is “given that I represent the top free agent left fielder in Matt Holliday, it would be a conflict of interest for me to say that Johnny Damon is the best candidate for the Yankees, so I have made up some B.S. metric called “genetics” with which to differentiate him.”
Which is clever, but it still boils down to the guy demanding top dollar over multiple years for a 36 year-old player, and that doesn’t make a ton of sense. What does make sense is for the Yankees to re-sign Damon to a shorter deal for more reasonable dollars. Given Boras’ genetics, however, he is incapable of saying that, even if it’s what his client really wants.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.
The Red Sox inked Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract back in August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”
Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.
That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.