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August 8, 2008
BASEBALL: The worst player in the majors?

Posted by Ricky West


Scott Boras, infamous for being a first-class jerk who nonetheless is constantly able to garner big bucks for his clients (often much more than they’re worth), may have been able to offset some of the bad PR throughout the entire A-Rod debacle, where he came out the big loser. He was able to snag a $36 million dollar deal (2 years) for Andruw Jones, who statisticcally appears to be the worst player in the majors. Say what you will about Boras, and there's not much positive that I can conjure, but knowing that his client is guaranteed well into fiveeight figures next season is quite a feat when you consider that with the acquisition of Manny Ramirez, Jones has lost his grasp on the 4th outfielder's slot in Los Angeles.

The year-to-date figures
are staggering when one considers that Carlos Delgado almost matched the home-run and RBI figures in the Mets game of June 27.


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Ricky normally doesn't blog very much any more at blog.rjwest.com, but in his spare time he enjoys baseball, fantasy baseball, Baseball Tonight on ESPN and knowing that he can renew Tim Lincecum for a pittance on his fantasy team next season. On the downside, he realizes that Andruw Jones would probably be the third outfielder on this season's Braves team. Plus, his phone service has been on the fritz for about 18 hours, so he's hoping that he'll be able to provide Crank with some material early on in his well-deserved vacation.

Posted by Ricky West at 10:57 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Probably the most remarkable thing about the Manny Ramirez deal for the Dodgers is that they are *still* willing to deal with Scott Boras clients. Dodger management probably would have gotten off with a justifiable homicide verdict if they had whacked Boras anywhere in Southern California after the Darren Dreifort deal--never mind all of the ways in which he's abused them ever since. Manny may well put up monster numbers for the Dodgers for the rest of the season and get them deep into the playoffs, and keeping him is going to be sorely tempting even if it involves a nine-figure price tag. My advice to the morons in Dodger management is to look at a list with three names on it:

Darren Dreifort
JD Drew
Andruw Jones

Scott Boras will find a way to screw you--open the door, and let that big bat and his dirtbag agent go make someone else insane. You'll thank yourselves later.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at August 9, 2008 4:22 AM

Probably the most remarkable thing about the Manny Ramirez deal for the Dodgers is that they are *still* willing to deal with Scott Boras clients. Dodger management probably would have gotten off with a justifiable homicide verdict if they had whacked Boras anywhere in Southern California after the Darren Dreifort deal--never mind all of the ways in which he's abused them ever since. Manny may well put up monster numbers for the Dodgers for the rest of the season and get them deep into the playoffs, and keeping him is going to be sorely tempting even if it involves a nine-figure price tag. My advice to the morons in Dodger management is to look at a list with three names on it:

Darren Dreifort
JD Drew
Andruw Jones

Scott Boras will find a way to screw you--open the door, and let that big bat and his dirtbag agent go make someone else insane. You'll thank yourselves later.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at August 9, 2008 4:23 AM

I think you mean 8 figures, not 5 figures.

In any event, I wonder if Torre will have to play Andruw a lot more than you think - after all, he's got to cover for Manny's defensive liabilities in left, so needs someone who can cover ground in center.

Posted by: A.S. at August 9, 2008 7:18 AM

I'm not sure how much ground Andruw really covers anymore, other than the ever-increasing amount of ground he covers when he's standind still.

Posted by: Jerry at August 9, 2008 11:01 AM

A.S.,
If he plays much at all, it's because of the contract. The team performs better with a legit leadoff batter (Pierre) with Furcal's back in limbo and Kemp & Ethier or two of the best OF prospects in the game. ASSuming that he still has the range of old, my guess is that it'll be against certain lefthanders and probably in the latter innings.

You know, your run-of-the-mill $18 million defensive replacement. Maybe he should change his name to Andruw Koncak?

Posted by: RW at August 9, 2008 4:35 PM

There is a report in the New York Post that Manny wants to come to the Yankees as a free agent just to stick it to the Red Sox.

We do have a lot of money coming off the cap and left field is open if we move Mastui and dump Damon or just DH him.

Very interesting.

Posted by: trooper york at August 9, 2008 9:20 PM

Amazing how far some players have fallen when testing started for real, innit?

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at August 9, 2008 11:06 PM
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