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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
So the Prince Fielder truck rolled along I-95 without ever stopping on the interstate. Well, that doesn't mean the Orioles can't get on the Scott Boras Free Agent Bandwagon before spring training starts. Right-hander Edwin Jackson, the pitcher with the highest upside remaining on the market, is still available. And so is DH/outfielder Johnny Damon, and some other Boras' clients. Jackson is the prize here. And the Orioles would love to have him. In fact, I've been told the club would consider a four-year deal for Jackson (something the Orioles and/or EVP Dan Duquette wouldn't usually do for free agent pitchers)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
At first blush, the New York Yankees signing this weekend of free-agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal could be considered good news for the Orioles, at least as it pertains to catcher Matt Wieters. For one, the deep-pocket Yankees have, at least for now anyway, filled their hole at catcher, meaning the position shouldn't be a priority in the 2015 offseason when Wieters can be a free agent. Also, although five years and $85 million would be the largest contract ever given out by the Orioles in terms of average annual value (Adam Jones received an $85.5 million extension, but that was for six years)
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | August 15, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- --The steel and glass building located off an innocuous side street in this bustling Southern California beach town is, in many ways, like the man who owns it. Observe the sloping architecture, see the emblazoned B on the windowless, tomb-like door and know this place is different - it's a combination of baseball museum and sleek modern office. There are the life-sized banners of major league stars hanging from the rafters and baseballs, some autographed, stacked 10 feet high in the middle of the lobby.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Agent Scott Boras , who represents several Orioles including Chris Davis , Matt Wieters , Wei-Yin Chen , Francisco Rodriguez and Zach Britton , was in Baltimore this week to meet with some of his clients. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said he had some preliminary discussions with Boras, but would not go into specifics. “I talked to Scott when he was in town, obviously. … It was just an informal meeting,” Duquette said.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | August 19, 2007
For nearly a dozen years, baseball agent Scott Boras and Orioles principal owner Peter Angelos ignored each other as much as possible. Oh, they'll say on the record it was nothing personal. As Boras once quipped, they are both attorneys and both of Greek heritage, so how could they not have a mutual respect? They're just a pair of busy, hardworking stiffs who simply never found the time to break pita together. At least until last week - when the club and Boras consummated two deals in the time it normally takes the Orioles and New York Yankees to play a game.
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June 9, 2007
Good morning -- Scott Boras -- Any chance you'll give the Orioles a discount in negotiations with catcher Matt Wieters?
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 22, 1995
Orioles general manager Pat Gillick indicated yesterday that concerns about the condition of Ben McDonald's shoulder contributed to the club's decision not to offer him a contract for 1996.Gillick said the club could not be certain whether McDonald could work 225 innings or 100 next season. McDonald, 28, twice went on the disabled list in 1995 with shoulder trouble, and worked 80 innings."I think he's healthy," Gillick said. "I'm not saying he's not healthy. But if you asked me to bet my life on it, I wouldn't do that."
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By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | November 2, 2005
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have warned slugger Alex Rodriguez that frequenting illegal city poker clubs is dangerous, but are powerless to stop him, team and baseball sources said. Major League Baseball sources said Rodriguez wasn't ordered to stay out of the clubs - but added baseball commissioner Bud Selig was "keeping an eye" on him and would step in "if necessary." "There's nothing he's doing that violates the morals clause," one baseball lawyer said. "Mostly it's just stupid.
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By Dan Connolly | May 26, 2012
The Orioles likely will soon announce an extension with center fielder Adam Jones. Nick Markakis got his extension in 2009 - and is locked up through 2014 and has a team option for 2015. J.J. Hardyreceived his last year - and is also signed through 2014. So what about catcher Matt Wieters, who arguably could be considered the club's franchise player? When does he get an extension? “I'm not worried about that now,” Wieters said. “I'm happy for Adam when it gets done, but at the same time we're worried about playing right now.” Truth is, even though Wieters has emerged as one of the club's leaders, he's still far away from free agency.
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By Dan Connolly | January 24, 2012
The champagne corks can be popped now throughout baseball. Popped in the Motor City and by national baseball writers who have been held hostage by Prince Fielder Talk, Day 112. Fielder has reportedly signed with the Detroit Tigers for nine years and $214 million, according to various outlets, including Yahoo Sports and CBS Sports. That's roughly $23.8 million per season. Let's recap. I was told yesterday that a seven-year, $140 million deal -- what the Orioles offered Mark Teixeira a couple of offseasons ago -- would be out of the Orioles' comfort zone for Fielder.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2013
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters says if there have been contract extension talks between the Orioles and his agent, Scott Boras, he doesn't know about them. And he won't unless Boras thinks things are getting close. “I told Scott that I am leaving that in the hands of my agent and right now I am focused on playing this year,” Wieters said. “And I told him to make me aware if it comes down to making a decision. Then I'll ask Scott's advice and go from there. But right now I am just focused on playing baseball and I'm going to let any negotiations stay behind the scenes.” CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that the Orioles have reached out to Boras about a Wieters' extension, which is at least five years in length.
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By Dan Connolly | May 26, 2012
The Orioles likely will soon announce an extension with center fielder Adam Jones. Nick Markakis got his extension in 2009 - and is locked up through 2014 and has a team option for 2015. J.J. Hardyreceived his last year - and is also signed through 2014. So what about catcher Matt Wieters, who arguably could be considered the club's franchise player? When does he get an extension? “I'm not worried about that now,” Wieters said. “I'm happy for Adam when it gets done, but at the same time we're worried about playing right now.” Truth is, even though Wieters has emerged as one of the club's leaders, he's still far away from free agency.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
Right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson, the best free agent remaining on the market, is much more likely to accept a one-year deal and test free agency again after the 2012 season than to ink a multiyear contract, according to an industry source. And that almost certainly would take Jackson out of the running to come to Baltimore since free-agent pitchers coveting one-year, value-improving deals don't usually seek out last-place American League East teams or hitter-friendly environments.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
So the Prince Fielder truck rolled along I-95 without ever stopping on the interstate. Well, that doesn't mean the Orioles can't get on the Scott Boras Free Agent Bandwagon before spring training starts. Right-hander Edwin Jackson, the pitcher with the highest upside remaining on the market, is still available. And so is DH/outfielder Johnny Damon, and some other Boras' clients. Jackson is the prize here. And the Orioles would love to have him. In fact, I've been told the club would consider a four-year deal for Jackson (something the Orioles and/or EVP Dan Duquette wouldn't usually do for free agent pitchers)
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By Dan Connolly | January 24, 2012
The champagne corks can be popped now throughout baseball. Popped in the Motor City and by national baseball writers who have been held hostage by Prince Fielder Talk, Day 112. Fielder has reportedly signed with the Detroit Tigers for nine years and $214 million, according to various outlets, including Yahoo Sports and CBS Sports. That's roughly $23.8 million per season. Let's recap. I was told yesterday that a seven-year, $140 million deal -- what the Orioles offered Mark Teixeira a couple of offseasons ago -- would be out of the Orioles' comfort zone for Fielder.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
I promised not to write about Prince Fielder until the super-sized slugger signs somewhere. Well, I am writing about Fielder and he hasn't signed yet. Hey, it's not like I took a vow in church or anything. Besides, it's you people that have done this to me. You are the ones that have flooded my email box and Twitter account with questions about Fielder now that a few national writers have mentioned that the Orioles are interested in him. So here's what I gleaned after talking to some people Monday: The Orioles are more interested in signing Fielder than they were, say, three weeks ago. And the reason is because it's three weeks later than it was three weeks ago. The club's stance on Fielder hasn't changed.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2013
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters says if there have been contract extension talks between the Orioles and his agent, Scott Boras, he doesn't know about them. And he won't unless Boras thinks things are getting close. “I told Scott that I am leaving that in the hands of my agent and right now I am focused on playing this year,” Wieters said. “And I told him to make me aware if it comes down to making a decision. Then I'll ask Scott's advice and go from there. But right now I am just focused on playing baseball and I'm going to let any negotiations stay behind the scenes.” CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that the Orioles have reached out to Boras about a Wieters' extension, which is at least five years in length.
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By Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com and jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 22, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -The massive securities scandal involving the Stanford Financial Group has left New York Yankees veterans Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady with their assets frozen by federal regulators, and it has even reached into the Orioles' minor league system. Matt Wieters and Jake Arrieta, who are clients of agent Scott Boras, confirmed that they have assets that might be affected by the civil case that has been filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against billionaire investment tycoon Robert Allen Stanford, who is accused of fraud involving the sale of $8 billion in certificates of deposits that boasted unusually high returns.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
I'm hesitant to even type the name again. I'm not sure this much attention ever has been given to a guy that clearly isn't coming to Baltimore to play for the Orioles. OK, not counting a certain first baseman from Severna Park a few years ago who is now booed every time he brings his pinstripes to Camden Yards. Every few days this offseason Prince Fielder's name has appeared in this blog or other Orioles' based sites. And people debate whether the Orioles are in on Fielder or whether they would pay him enough to want to come here.
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By Dan Connolly | December 30, 2011
In an attempt to market his top free-agent client to major league baseball's biggest decision-makers, renowned player representative Scott Boras took slugging first baseman Prince Fielder on a brief tour this month to meet with several club owners. The duo did not meet with Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos. However, one industry source confirmed that Boras and Fielder were in the “Baltimore-Washington area,” meaning they likely spoke with representatives of the Lerner family, principal owners of the Washington Nationals.
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