Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Preaching patience with Valverde
By Doug Mittler
Scott Boras finally found a taker for Rafael Soriano when the Nationals gave the reliever a two-year, $28 million contract last week. Finding a similar contract for another of his bullpen clients – Jose Valverde – will involve a steeper climb.
Boras tells the Detroit Free Press that he expects the market for Valverde to pick up now that Soriano is signed and the bullpen market has thinned out. But any team will be looking for a discount following Valverde’s disastrous postseason for the Detroit Tigers (nine earned runs, 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings).
One thing Boras has is patience, and he knows the market picks up once a team suffers an injury.
Remember, it was an injury to Victor Martinez that opened the door for Boras to get a nine-year, $214 million deal for Prince Fielder last January. Boras blames Valverde's problems on overwork the last two seasons, making it unlikely he will accept a bargain-basement deal, at least not right now.