Last week Robinson Cano left his agent for Scott Boras and this morning Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Nick Swisher is doing the same, but Boras’ stable of prominent clients isn’t done growing yet.
Stephen Goff of Examiner.com reports that Astros center fielder Michael Bourn recently dropped his representation at SFX Baseball to sign with Boras.
Bourn, like Cano and Swisher, was an All-Star last season, hitting .265 with a .341 on-base percentage and league-leading 52 steals. He was actually better in 2009, hitting .285 with a .354 OBP and 61 steals, and Bourn has won back-to-back Gold Glove awards.
Bourn has already avoided arbitration with the Astros for this season, agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million deal last month. He’ll be eligible for arbitration again in 2012 and then becomes a free agent, with Goff noting “it’s no secret that Bourn, a Houston native and University of Houston product, wants a contract extension with the Astros.”
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.