(Photo of Scott Boras by MLScribe via Flickr)
And so, obviously, as of Monday morning there's no "done deal" in place for Prince Fielder (THANKS TWITTER!), but as Jim Bowden Tweeted last night, the two sides are continuing to work on a deal.
We're hearing from someone who knows stuff and is usually right that the sides might be inching closer. It helps that Boras seems to have readjusted his definition of long term much lower-- from 10 to 7 years. And when the Nats keep saying publicly "nothing has changed", that's mostly true: we hear Ted Lerner is still holding firm at 5 years. A person who knows stuff and is usually right told us that if Lerner agrees to a straight 7 year contract it's a done deal...and that Lerner *might* consider going beyond 5 years if there are vesting options to add the additional years to protect Nats' interests. Don't know what this means for opt-out clauses that have been bandied about previously. Time seems to be of the essence, though.
And now would seem to be about the time for a mystery team to swoop in, right?
This much we know for sure: rumors of Prince Fielder in the Air Screech suit at last Monday's Wizards game are false.