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.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.
Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.
As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.