Scott Boras and the Marlins are feuding

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Scott Boras and the Miami Marlins are already at odds over the Marlins clear manipulation of Ozuna’s service time this past season. To be clear, it’s totally legal service time manipulation. The Marlins can do what they want with their players, after all. But it’s also the case that the club was transparently putting an inferior product on the field in order to save some money on player salaries down the road. Boras, who clearly has a personal interest in Ozuna reaching arbitration and free agency as fast as he can, understandably took issue.

These little disputes happen a lot, but they’re usually not public. And they’re usually not super heated. The team may want to save money where it can, but it has no real interest in antagonizing its players unnecessarily. The agent, for his part, has a strong interest in making sure the player is in a happy place as well as in maximizing the number of clubs who can bid on his client once he does reach free agency. So these things tend to simmer, they don’t tend to boil.

Yesterday the Marlins-Boras dispute boiled. Boras criticized the Marlins over Ozuna’s handling once again and Marlins president David Samson shot back:

“My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his 5 percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team. Then he would have the opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to do. Until that time, he is in no position to comment how any Major League Baseball team is operated.”

Samson went on, talking about Jose Fernandez, who had Tommy John surgery in 2014, and who, like Matt Harvey, has Scott Boras for a client. Boras was involved in the Mets’ decision making process over Harvey’s workload. Will he have input regarding the Marlins use of Fernandez?

“He will not be involved in any discussion as it relates to Jose Fernandez,” Samson said. “We will be in touch with the doctors and Jose as we formulate a plan.”

So that relationship is going well. Good luck in keeping Fernandez around for even a nanosecond after he reaches free agency in 2018, Miami.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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