Cuban SS/2B Alexander Guerrero was reported to have a verbal agreement with the Dodgers on a contract negotiated by agents Rudy Santin and Manny Paula of MVP Sports Management, but with Guerrero switching agents to Scott Boras, that arrangement is now off, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) September 17, 2013
This doesn’t change much from the last update, except that we now know that Guerrero had agreed to a verbal deal with the team, which shows how close this was to getting done.
With Guerrero and Boras now opening it up again, other teams were bound to get in on the action and they have, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero again is a free agent after apparently coming close to signing a deal with the Dodgers, and it is believed that the Red Sox, Reds, Rangers and Giants are among other teams that may have some interest.
The Braves were considered another potential suitor for Guerrero, but it’s hard to know for sure as this case already has taken one very strong turn.
The Dodgers still are viewed as a logical favorite, though it stands to reason Guerrero may seek more than they were discussing in the first go-round.
So as I said in the last article, the Dodgers are still the favorite for the sole reason that it will be coming down to money. However, whether the Dodgers still want to be involved is another story, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Now, it’s unclear how heavily the Dodgers will remain involved in the negotiations for Guerrero, according to major league sources.
Guerrero, 26, since has hired Scott Boras as his agent and is free to talk with all 30 clubs. But the Dodgers, at least for the time being, no longer are willing to sign Guerrero for $32 million, sources said.
So the Dodgers appear to be sick and tired of getting jerked around by Guerrero, and it should be mentioned that Boras has history with Ned Colletti. The past problems have revolved around J.D. Drew, both during the draft and with his opt-out clause. Granted, Colletti’s since negotiated deals for Manny Ramirez and Hyun Jin Ryu and the likes, but I doubt there’s any love lost here.
That said, at least part of this appears to be the fault of one of Guerrero’s former agents, Santin.
The initial talks, first reported by MLB.com, never reached fruition in part because the players’ union had not certified Guerrero’s agent, Rudy Santin. The union only approves deals negotiated by certified agents.
All of it means that the saga isn’t going to end any time soon. In fact, it’s just beginning. Knowing Boras, he’ll take the bidding into the free agency period so he can maximize the value of Guerrero and the rest of his clients. Can’t blame him for making that move, but it sucks for the Dodgers, who surely thought they had their second baseman of the future wrapped up.