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Jason Stark on the Appel negotiations

Stark wanted to hype a pending Scott Boras-Frank Coonelly death match, but I say he did not make a good go of it. The decision is Appel's to make, not Boras'. What it comes down to is Appel, the...

Boras dislikes the new draft mechanism

"There was all forms of artificial behavior in the draft,'' Boras told USA TODAY Sports. "The purpose of the draft is that it's supposed to create parity in the game. You want teams with the greatest needs to get the best available talent. "That has not been achieved in this draft. "It's created a mockery.'' Boras believes Appel was the best player available this past Monday but the Astros refused to take him. I'd much rather have Correa than Appel. But that's just me -- and the Astros, the Twins, the Mariners, etc. UPDATE from David: I looked at this article as generally being a positive for the Pirates. It suggests that Boras doesn't have any crazy negotiating ploy up his sleeve and understands the reality that the money he wants just isn't going to be there for Appel.
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Ironic thoughts about Scott Boras and the Pirates

When the Pirates were guided by the McClatchyfield regime, it was said that they would pass over a Boras client because they considered a Boras client a signability risk. Moreover, Littlefield r...

Bucs, Pedro Alvarez Strike New Deal

It's a four-year, major-league deal worth $6.355 million, the Post-Gazette reports. It's pending a physical. The deal calls for a bonus of $6 million, just like before, except now it's paid over...

Pedro Alvarez Hearings Likely to Drag on Forever

Ugh. Looks like there's no way Pedro Alvarez will play winter ball. [Bud] Selig finished his testimony, though [Labor lawyer Dan] Halem will continue in his when the hearing picks back up on...

ESPN Reports on Pedro Alvarez

Here's a good story from Jerry Crasnick about the Pedro Alvarez situation, mostly from the perspectives of Alvarez and Scott Boras. It's going to be tough for Alvarez whenever he comes to play in Pittsburgh. No one has ever gotten Alvarez to talk about this situation, and Crasnick says he's basically been "sequestered." The article also reports that he'll work out this semester at Vanderbilt. Alvarez is lucky, in a way, that Boras pulled this stunt on the Pirates and not some other team. If he'd tried it on, say, the Mets, I'm sure there would be journalists heading down to Nashville and asking around about where the gym is.

Goldstein: "Lack of Jurisdiction" in Alvarez Case Likely

Here's another excellent article by Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein regarding the Pedro Alvarez situation. Goldstein describes the various possibilities the arbitrator might consider, describes why most of them will rip off one party or another, then speculates that because of this, it is likely the arbitrator will decide that because Alvarez is not a member of the union, he cannot "provide a remedy" for him. In this case, I assume what would happen is that the arbitrator would tell Major League Baseball to stop extending the deadline, but allow the Alvarez and Eric Hosmer contracts to stand. This obviously would be fine with me.

Pedro Alvarez - The Details

Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus provides some of the specifics on the Pedro Alvarez case (subscription required). I don't have any additional comments on the Alvarez situation right now, but if you've got a BP subscription, this is a useful reference.

Scott Boras Fires Back; Pirates to Promote Luis Cruz

I'm getting a little tired of the Pedro Alvarez saga, but here's some of the latest news:  MLB's stance in the Sept. 10 arbitration hearing will be that [Royals first rounder Eric] Hosmer's...

Latest on Pedro Alvarez

Dejan Kovacevic has it. In case any of the following paragraphs are confusing, just remember: Scott Boras is Pedro Alvarez's and Eric Hosmer's agent, and his side of the grievance is being argued...

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