Boras works on pushing Damon to Detroit

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Seemingly just about out of alternatives, agent Scott Boras is trying to get the Tigers to bite on free agent Johnny Damon.
Boras told the Detroit News on Monday that Damon indicated in December that he wanted to become a Tiger, and he’s turning to statistics to show that it would be a good fit: “He’s batted .363 at Comerica Park, he has a .412 on-base percentage at Comerica,” Boras said.
The Tigers are interested in adding a left-handed hitter and they could certainly use a leadoff man, but money is tight and Damon certainly won’t get the dollars he’s looking for from the team.
If the Tigers added Damon, they’d play him in left field and shift Carlos Guillen primarily into the DH role. Ryan Raburn would again be looked at as a backup, but he’d likely get plenty of playing time because of his versatility.

The Nationals expect Bryce Harper to test free agency

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Earlier this week at the Winter Meetings, Scott Boras said that he and the Washington Nationals had had preliminary discussions about a contract extension for Bryce Harper. Harper, of course, can become a free agent following the 2018 season and is widely expected to command the largest contract in baseball history.

While that may have given some Nationals fans hope that no other team would get the chance to bid on him, the Nationals are of the view that they have no shot to sign Harper before he at least tests the free agent market. From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

A lot of this seems like mutual posturing, doesn’t it? Boras trying to make it appear as though the he and Harper are giving the Nats a fair hearing and the Nats trying to make it appear as though, no matter what they do, Harper is going to hit the market. I tend to believe, personally, that Boras and Harper are hellbent on testing the market, but it’s possible that there is some number that the Nats can offer to head that off, right? Maybe?

Either way: big year ahead for Harper.