MILWAUKEE – Scott Boras said he would have to check his schedule but he seems to think he does have a time slot reserved for the Red Sox, to discuss, among others – free-agent closer Ryan Madson – recently snubbed by the Phillies in favor of Jonathan Papelbon.
He was asked about Carlos Beltran, who turns out ot be a former client now represented by Dan Lozano.
“Its hard to get those (positional) players to free-agency and the ones who get there there’s a real demand for them,” Boras said.
Boras indicated he had not yet met with the Red Sox on Madson, revealing that after being asked whether the Sox would be content to go with in-house candidate Daniel Bard as their closer.
“Having not talked to the team, I look at the data and I would say that you look at a players skills. After Ryan’s season and where Ryan is at this point in his career, he’s far more proven in the closer position and he’s pitched games and done very well in the postseason which lends well to playoff caliber teams,” Boras said.
Boras thought he had a deal on Madson with the Phillies, but according to one Phillies source there was never a commitment made. Boras was asking for a 4-year, $44 million deal for Madson. The Phillies passed, unwilling to go beyond three years and then turned around and signed their “first choice” Papelbon for 4 years at $50 million with a vesting option for a fifth year.