Sheehan: Qualifying Offers

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. Monday is the deadline for the 12 free agents who were proffered qualifying offers  to choose to accept them, binding the player to his team for a minimum of $15.3 million for one year, or to decline […]

Peter Gammons: Current free agency and draft system flawed

When Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Marlins counterpart Dan Jennings sat and watched North Carolina State lefthander Carlos Rodon Friday night, their decisions played out in front of them. Rodon is big, he’s lefthanded, he’s been the projected first pick for more than a year now, and while some executives have had concerns about […]

Gammons Notes: Morales & Drew still searching, qualifying offers, Teheran’s deal and Reds

Notes from the back of a rental car: 1.  Sometime in the next day or two, free agents Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales will report to the Scott Boras Training Center in Florida. At this point, if they have to go reprove themselves on shorter term contracts, they will be prepared. “They are both young,” […]

Gammons Notes: Braves extend Heyward, Freeman, free agency and the current system

The Braves won 96 games last season, 94 in 2012, more than 90 in three of the last four seasons. Cooperstown will be theirs come July, with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox going into the Hall of Fame, and may see John Smoltz and John Schuerholz inducted soon thereafter. But the Braves also […]

Peter Gammons: Scott Boras and his vision for the future of baseball

Scott Boras’s philosophy when it comes to getting free agent clients signed is “January 15 is Thanksgiving, March 1 is Christmas.” In other words, by the time exhibition games begin in Florida and Arizona, he figures that Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales will be signed, and that in the case of Drew either the Mets […]