(Photo of Ted Lerner at 2008 Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Gala by and courtesy of @misschatter)
And so, the PF Flyer flew to Dallas on Friday the 13th to begin a "tour" that starts with the Texas Rangers. Shall we call this tour: Scott Boras's Last Stand?
We checked, and indeed, this last-gasp move by Boras is covered in detail in Chaper 14, page 345, of the Scott Boras Negotiations Playbook: When in crisis mode, create the illusion of a market for a player where there is none...
Over the next few days leading up to the Darvish deadline, there will probably be meetings with the Marlins, Blue Jays, Cubs, and Brewers. Not you, Baltimore Orioles - Boras is desperate, but the man still has his pride. Probably another mystery team or two yet to emerge.
And so, Ted Lerner will wait; still not budging from his last, best offer? Hope so. We're guessing 5-7 years, with an opt out in there somewhere, at $23M per year?
(Ahem. Let's not overlook the fact that despite being all hot and bothered about Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Rizzo and the Nationals were conveniently omitted when Cespedes rattled off the six teams in play for his services. Hmm...we'll have to go back and check our copy of the Boras playbook to see if that move is covered there specifically.)