Shin-Soo Choo hires Scott Boras, denies Indians' contract attempts

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Last month Shin-Soo Choo fired his agent and hired Scott Boras, and it didn’t take long for the Indians to feel the impact. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians have approached Choo about a long-term contract extension, but “negotiations don’t seem to be going anywhere.”
Choo won’t even be eligible for arbitration until next season, so he’s under team control through 2013 either way, but Cleveland’s lengthy history of locking up their promising, pre-arbitration players long term is colliding with Boras’ tendency to steer his clients toward free agency.
Castrovince notes that the Indians would like to sign Choo to a five-year deal with a sixth-year team option that would pre-pay for his arbitration and delay his hitting the open market, but “neither Boras nor Choo have shown much interest in going that route.”
“It’s up to Boras and the Indians to figure that out,” Choo said. “That’s not my job. My job is to worry about the team.”

The Dodgers do not have a general manager, but they have an assistant general manager

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LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.

They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.

Two less cosmic takeaways from this: 1. Kingston is an analytics guy who has typically advised the wheeler-dealer — Dipoto — so it’s fairly safe to assume he’ll do that in Los Angeles too; and 2. that a team is happy to proceed without a general manager should tell you where general managers, well, in general, stand in this age of title inflation in baseball front offices.

I imagine that, after some time in the organization, Kingston will be named the actual general manager with no real change in his duties, further underscoring that, in this day and age, the title of GM is like the value of a Zimbabwean dollar.