Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times has the full scoop, but the key issue is that the Braves GM says this:
Wren claimed that Kinzer left him a voice message later that night and asked him to fax over a term sheet, which Wren said is customarily done only when an agreement has been reached.
Ned Colletti says the opposite. Hernandez reported that Colletti, “based on his experience, didn’t think that faxing a term sheet signifies that an agreement has been reached.”
Somebody is certainly wrong here. If what Wren says is true, then Raffy and his agent (or at least his agent) is not acting on the “up and up.” But if what Ned says is true, Wren is a crybaby which may be part of the reason the Braves aren’t attracting free agents! From what I know about contracts, an offer sheet (term sheet) is necessary for a party to accept or reject an offer, especially if that offer is to be taken to a third party (in this case, Raffy). It sounds like a case of sour grapes to me. I welcome Raffy back, although he remains a big injury concern to me. I think Hu is a valuable player for us now, as Raffy’s understudy.
MLB.com reports that an “unknown team has emerged in the Teixiera race. It is reported that Borass says an unknown team (the Yankees deny it is them) has emerged as the leader in the sweepstakes with an 8 year/$195 million offer. Now, it’s certainly possible that Borass is lying, but if he’s not, who could that team be? Could the Dodgers be that team?
To me, if you want to pay a player $25 million a year, like some here have suggested we pay Manny, why not sign a guy who is about 10 years younger and has none of the “Manny Baggage?” To me, that makes the most sense – it always has! If we sign Tex, then Loney can go to LF or be traded in a package deal with Pierre, DeJesus and/or others for a power-hitting outfielder, 2B or starting pitcher. Loney in LF? He’d have to work there all spring, but he does have a really good arm, so that would be a plus. Stay tuned!
How about this linup:
- Raffy SS
- Ethier RF
- Kemp CF
- Tex 1B
- Loney LF
- Martin C
- Blake 3B
- DeWitt 2B