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08:22 AM ET 12.28 | In a recent radio interview, Nolan Ryan addressed a number of subjects, such as whether he'd like to be a player for some big-name free agents, including Adrian Beltre. "My comfort level on free agency is three to four years and they think nothing of agents, nowadays, asking for seven. So, I don't know, I don't know how you justify something like that." ... [Regarding Beltre]: "Well, when you have a player of his caliber out there, you have to have an interest if it's realistic within what your budget is and how he would fit into your ball club and how you would hit him in the lineup and stuff of that nature. So, obviously with our ball club, it wouldn't be nearly as clear-cut as somebody else, say whether it be the Angels and the rumor is that Oakland has made him offer."

The Dallas Morning News

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December 28, 2010  08:30 AM ET

He sounds a little bitter over losing out to Philly to getting Lee. Sounds like it's a backhand to Boras about Beltre's demands as well.

December 28, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Well, in the end the market determines length and money. Ryan is probably right that some if not most of these long term contracts make no economic sense, however, no one is twisting team's arms to sign them.

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December 28, 2010  08:50 AM ET

I dunno, Shad. I don't detect bitterness at all. Backhand at Borass? Absolutely. But I'm more with trooper here. The market doesn't justify what Borass is requesting for his client, and the results are self-evident. Damn shame...

Fire your agent, Mr. Beltre. You're a good man. You deserve better, and you don't really want the contract Borass is pushing for you. It won't bring the best out of you, and it won't make the team who acquires you happy. Boston is grateful for your services, and always will be. I wish you well.

December 28, 2010  08:54 AM ET
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He sounds a little bitter over losing out to Philly to getting Lee. Sounds like it's a backhand to Boras about Beltre's demands as well.

Boras deserves all the backhands coming his way. I don't think he's bitter either since Lee got less years going to Philly than he would have gotten in Texas. All sports need decision makers who don't give out stupid contracts.

December 28, 2010  09:22 AM ET

Wow. FN is really grasping at straws today. Is this the best they could do?

December 28, 2010  09:27 AM ET
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Wow. FN is really grasping at straws today. Is this the best they could do?

Actually I think it's a good story.

Nolan Ryan is "the man" and people care what he thinks. He demands as much out of his players as he demanded out of himself (in terms of work ethic and personal discipline) and he gets them a World Series invitation because of it all. He out-maneuvered the Yanks for Lee in midseason, and that was probably the reason they never made it to The Big Show.

I happen to think his comments are spot on. If I was a player, I'd love to play for him. He may appear like a sunuvabitch on any one day, but I'd know he was getting the best out of me.

December 28, 2010  09:28 AM ET
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again...why blame the agent?

When are you going to accept the fact that I am right and you suk? :-P

Morning, Dums.

December 28, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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morning...all i'm saying is just b/c someone says something costs this much or is worth so much doesn't mean you have to buy it.

Word.

December 28, 2010  09:44 AM ET
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no worries, you old ****...i just showed up. things will get a lot better from here on out.

I thought that was the reason they all left. :)

December 28, 2010  09:45 AM ET
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morning...all i'm saying is just b/c someone says something costs this much or is worth so much doesn't mean you have to buy it.

That's what I kept telling my "escort."

December 28, 2010  09:55 AM ET
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I don't think he sounds bitter at all. I think he's just being smarter than some of these other GM's. While the dollar amounts these guys get paid has been ridiculous for a long time now, the 7 year contracts are absolutely absurd.

Charlie Finley is the former Oakland A's owner, right?

I remember he was known for one year deals and having players prove themselves every year.

Oakland was a juggernaut in the early 70's. Of course, he began losing his best players like Reggie, Catfish, and Fingers.... but, I can understand not wanting to sign players to long term deals.

December 28, 2010  09:57 AM ET
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morning...all i'm saying is just b/c someone says something costs this much or is worth so much doesn't mean you have to buy it.

Correct:)

December 28, 2010  09:57 AM ET

Reggie, Catfish, and Fingers sounds like the menu at a Korean restaraunt.

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December 28, 2010  10:23 AM ET
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i've always like Ryan...he was a bull on the mound and i like what he's doing with the starting pitching. i hope texas continues to succeed and the starters have success b/c I think the notion that a pitcher can only throw 100 pitches is complete nonsense and one of the most annoying things about the current game.take that, Tony Larussa

For as much talk as Ryan made last year concerning pitch counts...his bullpen was still up there in innings. i hope he eventually can do what he says he wants to re pitch counts. As yet he has not.

December 28, 2010  10:25 AM ET
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I agree with Ryan, contracts have TOTALLY gotten out of control - and it IS the owner's and GM's faults for allowing it to get that way. Yes, the Phillies are doing the same thing now but I have a strong hunch it was another East Coast team that set this whole process in motion....

Contracts? Profits are huge...
Charge the fans less...who cares how they divide up their money.

December 28, 2010  10:26 AM ET
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For as much talk as Ryan made last year concerning pitch counts...his bullpen was still up there in innings. i hope he eventually can do what he says he wants to re pitch counts. As yet he has not.

I think sometimes people say things as a response to something they see that's not right without giving careful thought to the precision of those comments.

I respect that Nolan is likely finding "the sweet spot" with trial and error.

December 28, 2010  10:36 AM ET
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those damn orioles?

Those damn Braves.

Ted Turner signing Claudell Washington long term was the first head scratcher.

 
December 28, 2010  10:38 AM ET
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He sounds a little bitter over losing out to Philly to getting Lee. Sounds like it's a backhand to Boras about Beltre's demands as well.

Sounds to me like he's one owner that's trying to remain rational. I'd like it if everybody was a bit more rational.

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