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Boras clarifies Strasburg remarks

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Boras clarifies Strasburg remarks

MLB super agent Scott Boras made headlines last month for stating his personal involvement in the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. In a radio interview with 106.7 The Fan, Boras intimated there could be legal concerns for the Nats in listening to their doctors' advice and also claimed he and Rizzo "built" the team as it stands.

Defining his involvement in the construction of the Nats as if he was a sort of co-general manager obviously caught peoples' attention, and now Boras is backtracking from those comments. His explanation is not only conceivable, but kinda funny in how he portrays Rizzo.

"Do you think Mike Rizzo's personality is attuned to having someone call him and tell him what to do with his particular team? Come on," he said.

"Certainly, I try to give teams insights and information. But when you're not there every day, how can you make these calls? It's not my place or anybody's place unless you're there."

Rizzo is obviously strong-willed in his decision-making, it takes supreme confidence and conviction to stick with your guns when nearly everybody in the baseball world is criticizing you publicly. Rizzo himself wasn't offended by Boras' claim and gives the exact same reason in defense of their relationship.

"I wasn't upset about it,'' he said. "I figured it was either taken out of context or there was a mistake or it was misunderstood or misrepresented. If (Boras) did say that, it was a laughable assertion that he would have that much input on what we're trying to do. Anybody who knows me well obviously laughed about it, too.''

To be a GM in professional sports, you can't exactly waffle when it comes time to make decisions. Every year they make countless choices, some with millions of dollars on the line, and job security is almost an oxymoron in their profession. Just ask Theo Epstein.

So for those assuming Boras played a big role in Strasburg's shutdown, he may have been less involved than it once appeared.

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Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause

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Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause

By Ryan Wormeli

Max Scherzer is the ace of the Nationals staff, a fan favorite, and the 2017 National League Cy Young award winner. He's also a soon-to-be father whose wife, Erica May-Scherzer, once accidentally threw out the jersey he wore when throwing his 2nd career no-hitter. This time around, I'm guessing they talked it over first before deciding to sell some of his memorabilia garage-style for a new fundraiser.

We don't have any more information about the fundraiser yet, but May-Scherzer posted some photos on Twitter this afternoon. 

And in case you're wondering, no, the Scherzer family cat featured in one of the pictures isn't for sale (we assume). Plus, even if they were willing to part with their cat, considering Scherzer is on a contract worth over $200 Million, their price would probably be pretty steep. How much would you pay to adopt the cat of a 3-time Cy Young winner?

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Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

$500 million.

That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts.

One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper.

Harper will become a free agent in 2018 and people are already projecting his market value at close to $500 million, if not more.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract back in 2014 for 13 years, $325 million, holding the league record.

For Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg, $500 million is a bargain for someone of Harper's caliber.

"Harper is every bit as good [as Stanton] but he's also young," Greenberg told the Sports Junkies Friday.

"I mean, we don't see a player that's as good as Harper, that's as young a Harper, hit the market almost ever I want to say. You look at how many years of his prime he has left and then even if you start to give him just the typical aging curb off of that prime, he's probably worth close to 570 million dollars starting from 2019 and going forward ten years. And that includes also the price of free agency going up and other factors."

Harper, who is only 25 years-old, brings more to a team than just talent. He's one of the most recognizable figures in baseball, bringing tremendous marketing opportunities to an organization. Greenberg dove deeper into how that will increase his market value.

"And that's just for the on-the-field product. You talk about all the marketing that's done around Bryce Harper [and] what he does for the game. In my opinion, and based on the numbers that I saw, he's a bargain at $500 million."

Don't we all wish someone would say $500 million is a bargain for us?

After crunching the numbers, the biggest takeaway for Greenberg is the return on investment the Nationals have gotten out of Harper.

"Like if you look at his wins above replacement throughout his career, he's given you 200 million dollars in value for 21 million dollars in cash and he's due what another 26 or 27 million this year. I mean he's already given you an amazing return on investment."

"So, if you're the Nationals having - benefited from that - you know you have a little bit of, I guess, wiggle room in terms of maybe you're paying a little bit for past performance 'cause, you know, when a player is on arbitration in their early years they don't really get paid that much."

The Nationals still have Harper for one more season and many feel they need to make him an offer sooner than later. Whenever and whoever he gets an offer from, it's going to be a nice pay day for him.