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Boras hinting at 12-year deal for Harper

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07:20 AM ET 08.28 | When talking about his baseball future, the young star has invoked the names of Cal Ripken and Derek Jeter, which may be where Scott Boras comes in. [Boras] turned the conversation into a dissertation on the future of baseball's economic structure and how it could lead the Nationals to sign client Bryce Harper -- without ever mentioning his name -- to a 12-year contract. ... The topic surfaced when a reporter asked Boras if he would be open to signing [Stephen Strasburg] to a contract extension. Boras has openly opposed the league-wide trend of signing young players to contract extensions that buy out their initial years of free agent eligibility. But what about a three-year deal to take him through arbitration eligibility? "I'm more into 12-year deals for young players," Boras replied.

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August 28, 2013  08:18 AM ET

I'd by very wary of signing a still wild player to a 12 year contract. A few more crashes of his shoulder into the wall might end his hitting for power. Of course Boras wants as long a contract as possible. I can't see where the team gains in doing so.

August 28, 2013  08:38 AM ET

How many 12 yr deals has Boras negotiated? Zippo.

August 28, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Do it, Nats.

+1

August 28, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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How many 12 yr deals has Boras negotiated? Zippo.

No one in MLB has ever signed a 12 year contract.

August 28, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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No one in MLB has ever signed a 12 year contract.

And there is a good reason for that.

August 28, 2013  09:47 AM ET

As a general rule I don't believe long-term contracts are good for anybody but the agent (and the player of course). But they remove incentives from the player to maintain or improve performance. In addition they can saddle the team with a huge financial burden which may hurt their other players under contract. My own opinion is that a 5 year contract is about as long as I want to go with maybe a club(and/or player) option for another 3 year term after that. Just my opinion.

August 28, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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And there is a good reason for that.

Yeah. Different sport, but that 15 year contract the NY Islanders gave Rick DiPietro worked out really well.

August 28, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Strasburg cannot be a free agent until the 2018 season.

Bryce Harper in 2019.

If Boras calls, don't answer the phone. No need to.

August 28, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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As a general rule I don't believe long-term contracts are good for anybody but the agent (and the player of course). But they remove incentives from the player to maintain or improve performance. In addition they can saddle the team with a huge financial burden which may hurt their other players under contract. My own opinion is that a 5 year contract is about as long as I want to go with maybe a club(and/or player) option for another 3 year term after that. Just my opinion.

If only Arte Moreno thought like this......

August 28, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Ha! yeah right, and just HOW much is Harper Werth?(yes, I tried to make a funny)

August 28, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Yeah. Different sport, but that 15 year contract the NY Islanders gave Rick DiPietro worked out really well.

the 15 year one for him, the one for the former NJ Devil Kovalchuck(sp?), A-rod's 2 deals, Pujols'(though there's what 8 years left?) we could go on and on here....

August 28, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Maybe MLB should pull out the "For the good of the game" deal when they negotiate with the union and ban contracts over 6 years?

August 28, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Maybe MLB should pull out the "For the good of the game" deal when they negotiate with the union and ban contracts over 6 years?

The NHL negotiated away long term contracts. So, why not?

August 28, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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Maybe MLB should pull out the "For the good of the game" deal when they negotiate with the union and ban contracts over 6 years?

Last time MLB and the Budster got involved in players salaries it was called collusion and it cost them $280 million.

For the good of the game they might want to do something about leaches like Houston and the Marlins ownership?

August 28, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Loria should NEVER AGAIN be allowed to own a team!

August 28, 2013  10:50 AM ET

The longer the contract the higher the amount, thus, Boras gets a larger commission. Boras is thinking of himself and his cut. He does not want a player to switch agents before he gets the full value of their worth and his portion.

August 28, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

As a general rule I don't believe long-term contracts are good for anybody but the agent (and the player of course). But they remove incentives from the player to maintain or improve performance. In addition they can saddle the team with a huge financial burden which may hurt their other players under contract. My own opinion is that a 5 year contract is about as long as I want to go with maybe a club(and/or player) option for another 3 year term after that. Just my opinion.

Depends.

If you're talking about free agent contracts, I'd tend to agree.

If you're talking about extensions, the team potentially has a lot to gain by locking up a player with a more team-friendly contract where the player takes less than market value, but gets security in return.

August 28, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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the 15 year one for him, the one for the former NJ Devil Kovalchuck(sp?), A-rod's 2 deals, Pujols'(though there's what 8 years left?) we could go on and on here....

I don't know about the other sports, but Rodriguez's and Pujols' deals were free agent contracts, which are a different animal than what this article is talking about with Harper and really shouldn't be compared.

That said, I'm not implying that a long-term deal to Harper is a good or bad idea, just that it's not the same thing as what Texas, New York and Anaheim did with the other two.

 
August 28, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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The longer the contract the higher the amount, thus, Boras gets a larger commission. Boras is thinking of himself and his cut. He does not want a player to switch agents before he gets the full value of their worth and his portion.

And in other news, water is, indeed, wet.

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