Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
November 4, 2008 3:31 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
One of my favorite rituals of winter and GM meetings is the strategic arrival of super-agent Scott Boras in the lobby. He plants himself in the middle and waits for the influx of reporters to surround him -- and it doesn't take long.
We just had that magic moment -- and considering that Boras represents Manny Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Derek Lowe -- among 16 free-agent clients -- it was the usual feeding frenzy.
You will be shocked -- shocked, I tell you -- to learn that the market for the "iconic" Ramirez is robust, that the market for Teixeira is "aggressive," and the market for Lowe (whom he described as "Gibsonesque," as in Bob, not Kirk) is ever-growing.
I sneaked in a question about Josh Fields, the Mariners' unsigned No. 1 draft pick, and he said he hopes to talk to Jack Zduriencik about Fields during the GM meetings here. I also asked about Willie Bloomquist, one of Boras's free agent, and he said there's great interest among many teams.
Shocking, I know.