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Boras on Soriano: 'Talent has no wristwatch'

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08:03 AM ET 01.16 | Congratulations are in order for Rafael Soriano, who thanks to his agent has proved upwardly mobile. Six years ago, Rafael Soriano was traded, straight up, for Horacio Ramirez. Tuesday, Soriano became the highest-paid relief pitcher in baseball. Yes, Scott Boras has done it again. ... Boras usually -- but not always -- finds a way for his high-profile clients to get paid. As he repeated to me in a text message Tuesday: "Talent has no wristwatch." ... The Nationals are quite obviously going all-in for a world title in 2013. They preserved Stephen Strasburg for a future that has arrived. They didn't want to take any chances that (former) closer Drew Storen would have a competitive hangover.

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January 16, 2013  09:05 AM ET

And Boras has no shortage of banal witicisms. Talent has no wristwatch? Sheesh.

January 16, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Do the Nats trade Storen? Clippard? since they now have Soriano? Or does Davey like using all three as a possible closer?

January 16, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Keep in mind that $14 of the $28 mil is deferred over a period of about 10 years. Soriano gets $7 mill in 2013 and 2014. $14 mil is paid between 2015 and, I think 2025.

Not quite the haul that Soriano and Boras expected. He could have earned $14.8 mil in 2013 (actually the $13.3 mil qualifying offer the Yanks made plus the $1.5 million buyout of his old contract) and then gone out on the free agent market after the 2013 season.

January 16, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Keep in mind that $14 of the $28 mil is deferred over a period of about 10 years. Soriano gets $7 mill in 2013 and 2014. $14 mil is paid between 2015 and, I think 2025. Not quite the haul that Soriano and Boras expected. He could have earned $14.8 mil in 2013 (actually the $13.3 mil qualifying offer the Yanks made plus the $1.5 million buyout of his old contract) and then gone out on the free agent market after the 2013 season.

At this point they'll take it.

January 16, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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At this point they'll take it.

Beggars can't be choosers (even though "talent has no wristwatch").

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January 16, 2013  10:04 AM ET

My Wristwatch is self-winding! And you I'll advised your client!!!

January 16, 2013  10:25 AM ET

OK, but after watching him these last two years in NY I know this much. He is no sure bet when he goes out there. Not a lot of swing and miss to him.

January 16, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And Boras has no shortage of banal witicisms. Talent has no wristwatch? Sheesh.

That quote of his is 'timeless.'

January 16, 2013  12:35 PM ET
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OK, but after watching him these last two years in NY I know this much. He is no sure bet when he goes out there. Not a lot of swing and miss to him.

He was hard to watch in my opinion. He pitched like he didn't want to throw the next pitch. He'd circle the mound, fidget, grab the rosin bag, walk around some more, get ready to pitch.....it was a true relief when he finished the inning.

January 16, 2013  12:44 PM ET

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January 16, 2013  03:38 PM ET
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Do the Nats trade Storen? Clippard? since they now have Soriano? Or does Davey like using all three as a possible closer?

i think he pulls a jim haurbaugh and go with whoever is the "hot hand". if clippard is pitching well, he pitches.

January 16, 2013  04:17 PM ET
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Boras has no shame.

that's why he still on the business and the owners likely will fall in his web!!!

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January 16, 2013  09:57 PM ET

the nationals got tougher in their bullpen, no question about that, clippard at the 7 inning,storen at the 8 inning, and soriano get the closer job as he always has been dreaming about,,

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January 17, 2013  06:32 AM ET

There aren't any guarantee's that Strasburg's issues will be fixed... long shot...

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