Hernandez hires Boras
The Padres' negotiations with Ramon Hernandez, a pending free agent, just grew infinitely more difficult, but not from anything the catcher did on the field. Hernandez has hired Scott Boras, the toughest and most powerful agent in baseball, to represent him after cutting ties with Eric Goldschmidt.
Hernandez's camp reportedly broke off talks with the Padres just before the start of the season, when the two sides were about $12 million apart. The hiring of Boras could be a signal that Hernandez intends to test the free-agent market, where the 29-year-old figures to command a large contract in the vein of the $40 million, four-year deal signed by Boston's Jason Varitek ---- a Boras client ---- last winter.
Boras also represents Padres utility player Xavier Nady in addition to such superstars as Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter.
Well...I guess this is the last season for Hernandez in San Diego. No way he returns to the team with a figure anywhere close to what he's demanding. I only hope that now we can fully concentrate on Giles...he's more important as is.