Buster Olney was talking about Prince Fielder yesterday, and in doing so he quoted some unnamed executives who were waxing pessimistic on Fielder’s defense and body type. That got Fielder’s agent — Scott Boras — angry. He emailed Tom Haudricourt about it. In addition to taking issue with the assertions about Fielder on the merits, Boras said:
“It’s all hearsay. I’m tired of unnamed sources. No one put his name on
those comments . . . I’m tired of negative comments about players from unnamed sources.”
Boras then had to quickly sign off to take phone calls from five “mystery teams” and to respond to Jon Heyman’s “got anything for me?” text.
The Miami Marlins have been stockpiling international bonus money of late and now that has paid off, as they just formally announced the signing of top international prospect Victor Victor Mesa.
They have also signed his brother, the less-regarded prospect Victor Mesa, Jr. It was, presumably, a package deal. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Victor Victor, 22, will receive about $5.25 million while his 17-year-old brother gets a $1 million bonus.
Victor Victor was ranked as the No. 1 player in this year’s international signing class. He’s a plus outfield defender with a strong arm and he has serious wheels as well. He played for Matanzas in Cuba’s Serie Nacional when he was only 16 and was 3-for-7 with two doubles for Cuba during last year’s World Baseball Classic.
Victor Mesa Jr. is a switch-hitting outfielder with potential, but unlike his brother, he’s like to spend considerable time in the minors. Most scouts believe Victor Victor will debut with the Marlins as early as next season.
The Mesa brothers are the son of Victor Mesa, who played in Serie Nacional from the 1970’s into the 1990s and starred on the Cuban national team. He has also managed in Cuba, in Mexico and for Cuba’s 2017 World Baseball Classic team.