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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Will Scott Boras Look Like a Genius?

Follow this logic. . .

Curt Schilling is hurt and could well miss the season (two of his three doctors suggested surgery on his pitching arm). So, the Red Sox need a starting pitcher.

Andy Petitte is caught in some epochal nightmare that only Homer could have scribed. He's at the end of his career, his testimony could bring down his good friend, Roger Clemens, and he could face all sorts of tough questions from the media this season. So, it's not impossible to think that he might decide not to return to the Yankees after all. Which would mean, of course, that the Yankees could need a starting pitcher.

Enter Kyle Lohse, who was going nowhere fast with the Reds last year, joined the Phillies in a late-season trade and actually took more than a step forward for every step backward. Put differently, he could flat-out pitch at times. And, today, he might be the best free-agent pitcher out there.

And both the Red Sox and Yankees might want him and be willing to get into a bidding war for him. Which means that the journeyman putative fifth starter could get third starter's money and a three-year deal precisely because by being unsigned at the start of spring training he benefits from a great case of supply and demand.

Will this happen? Well, if it does, score a victory for Scott Boras.

Even if it's more a product of dumb luck than anything else.

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