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I'm going to have to disagree with you in a big way on this one and say if the report is true, that the Tigers are doing the right thing. Maybin and/or his agent are being WAY too greedy.moochman wrote:Thanks for the Dannomyte update.
I hope this is just a tough negotiating ploy by the Tigers. But it has to work. If they lose this kid for the want to $200 thou it would set them back. Worse yet, in my mind, it would signal once again that the Tigers have no clue how to build a sound organization.
They all talked about how they are compareable to the Indians and that they want to win like Minnesota and Oakland. They are either deciving themselves or their fans. There actions indicate that they have no interest in building a healthy farm system that is the heart of every winning club.
They would rather spend big money on older past their prime vets than spend the money needed to have a nucleus of budding major league players in the minors. This had better work Illitch, or any dream you have of living long enough to see the Tigers win are pip dreams.
Let's hope this guy gets signed. He should be the cornerstone of what was almost no doubt the Tigers' most talent deep drafts in a long time.Dombrowski breaks off negotiations with Maybin
Saturday, August 27, 2005
By Danny Knobler
BOSTON _ After an unusual week in the negotiations between the Detroit Tigers and their top draft pick, the Tigers made an unusual announcement Friday. While the Tigers would still like to sign outfielder Cameron Maybin, general manager Dave Dombrowski said, they have broken off talks with the Maybin family and agent Brian Goldberg.
"We would still love to sign him," Dombrowski said. "As of (Thursday), we're not having ongoing conversations."
Dombrowski described the state of the talks as "gridlock," and said that's why he took this latest step. But he was also responding to public accusations Goldberg made this week claiming that a near-deal between the Tigers and Maybin was scuttled at the last minute by owner Mike Ilitch.
"That never happened," Dombrowski said. "I was never in a position where I thought I had something I could recommend (to Ilitch)."
Dombrowski refused to get more specific about the negotiations, but it's believed there is nearly a $1 million gap between what the Maybins want and what the Tigers are willing to offer. While Maybin and his representative have repeatedly told the team he wants more than $3 million, the Tigers haven't been willing to offer much more than the $2 million a 10th overall pick would normally receive.
Maybin has enrolled at Lake City CC in Florida, but has yet to attend a class. Dombrowski said he was told Maybin is considering three options: attending Lake City, attending a different junior college or not going to school at all.
In any of those three scenarios, the Tigers would retain the right to sign Maybin until one week before the June 2006 draft. Because of that, and because the Tigers remain interested ("We love the player," Dombrowski said), there's a real chance that negotiations could be restarted at some point.
In fact, it's tempting to compare what happened Friday to what the Tigers did last October, when they publicly pulled their offer from first-round draft pick Justin Verlander. A week later, Verlander signed with the Tigers.
But Verlander signed for exactly what the Tigers had originally offered, something Maybin seems unlikely to do. Also, Verlander had been kept in the dark about the Tiger offers, while the Tigers have spoken directly to the Maybin family.
Dombrowski, who hadn't been personally involved in the negotiations before this week, spoke on Thursday with both Goldberg and Rudy Maybin, Cameron's father. He described the conversation with Maybin as "very nice," and said that Rudy Maybin told him that his son wants to play for the Tigers.
"We just didn't come to a dollar agreement," Dombrowski said. "We wish it would have happened."
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