Scott Boras brokers the smallest deal of his career

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Great anecdote regarding Adrian Beltre’s signing with the Rangers in today’s Star-Telegram:

Adrian Beltre has worn jersey No. 29 almost his entire 13-year career. Julio Borbon has worn it his entire two-year career.Guess who is will wear it in 2011?

Scott Boras, who represents both players, handled the situation.

“I said, ‘Julio, there are traditions in the game, and I’ve got good news and bad news,'” Boras recalled. “‘The bad news is that the veteran player gets the number. The good news is that I am your advocate in negotiating with a very wealthy player to get you a very nice watch.”

Borbon will wear No. 20.

And I assume that Boras gets to wear the watch two days a week.

As far as negotiations over numbers go, however, there never was anyone better than Jeff Feagles, the former NFL punter.  Feagles wore number 17 for the Giants when Plaxico Burress came to town.  Feagles got Burress to pay for an outdoor kitchen at his vacation home in Phoenix in exchange for it. Before that, Feagles was number 10 when Eli Manning joined the team.  He got Manning to send the Feagles family on a vacation to Florida in order to give it up.

Feagles should probably just open his own consulting business focusing on numbers exchanges.

Charlie Morton exits start with discomfort in right shoulder

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday’s start against the Angels after just one inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the team announced. Morton yielded a one-out double to Justin Upton, who later scored on a wild pitch. He averages about 96 MPH on his fastball but sat in the 92-94 MPH range in his one inning of work.

Morton, 34, went on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort on August 29 and returned on September 8. It’s bad news for the Astros, who may have to go into the playoffs without him. If that is to be the case, Lance McCullers would take Morton’s spot in the rotation. It’s also bad news for Morton, who is a free agent after the season and figures to be one of the more sought-after starters.

Morton entered Sunday’s start 15-3 with a 3.15 ERA with a 195/63 K/BB ratio in 163 innings of work.