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Fenway
09-23-2007, 08:21 AM
New York magazine is reporting that Scott Boras is peddling a $300M 10 year backloaded deal with an option to buy a piece of the Cubs when A-Rod retires. Boras is reported to be talking to the group that insiders believe will win the bidding which is led by John Canning. The magazine says Cuban not involved.

jabrch
09-23-2007, 09:10 AM
If new ownership is able to afforod something like this, with all the salary they already have on the books, it is nothing more than an indictment of the abuse of the fans loyalty that the Tribune is guilty of having committed over the past 25 years.

Fenway
09-23-2007, 09:28 AM
If new ownership is able to afforod something like this, with all the salary they already have on the books, it is nothing more than an indictment of the abuse of the fans loyalty that the Tribune is guilty of having committed over the past 25 years.

When Boston was sold for 700M in 2002 there was a fear that debt service would force the new owners to slash payroll. 5 years later the team is now valued at 1.4 Billion. Cubs maybe the biggest money maker in the Trib empire.

jabrch
09-23-2007, 10:57 AM
When Boston was sold for 700M in 2002 there was a fear that debt service would force the new owners to slash payroll. 5 years later the team is now valued at 1.4 Billion. Cubs maybe the biggest money maker in the Trib empire.

There is no doubt in my mind the Cubs make much more than the Trib would ever admit. I wonder how much Zell will be able to get for them if he packages the stadium and gives a sweetheart TV deal - knowing that he has no intentions of holding WGN TV/Radio forever.

soxwon
09-23-2007, 12:43 PM
Future Owner of the Cubs: Alex Rodriguez?

http://www.aolcdn.com/fanhouse/postmane/ (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/bloggers/postmane/)Posted Sep 23rd 2007 11:03AM by PostmanE (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/bloggers/postmane/)
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http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/sports.aol.com/fanhouse/media/2007/09/alex-rodriguez-owner.jpgI know, that sounds ridiculous -- and this story is from the New York Post (http://www.nypost.com/seven/09232007/news/nationalnews/a_rod_agent__a_cub_cout.htm) -- but apparently Scott Boras (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/ScottBoras/) has been in discussions with who he believes is the "frontrunner" to purchase the Cubs this offseason about Alex Rodriguez (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/AlexRodriguez/) owning a portion of the Cubs as a partial trade for his free agent services.
According to the magazine [New York Magazine], Boras is peddling a Second City deal that could go for an average of $30 million a year over 10 seasons, with much of that cash backloaded for the 32-year-old Rodriguez - who would then be given the right to buy a chunk of the Cubs at the contract's conclusion. The report does not indicate who would pay for this proposed, precedent-setting deal.

Asked about the potential deal after the Yankees' win yesterday over the Blue Jays, A-Rod said only, "I don't know what that's about." New York magazine doesn't name the front-running owner wannabe but reports that it is not Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban of the NBA, who's expressed interest in grabbing the Cubs.
Um ... wow? Though it's hard to imagine any Bud Selig (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/tag/BudSelig/)-approved ownership group having the balls to give Alex Rodriguez a long-term share of the team, this is, at the very least, an interesting idea. Did I say interesting? Sorry: I meant mindblowing.


I would argue that, were the Cubs to offer an ownership spot, A-Rod's salary should probably take a slight hit in return. I'd also argue that offering Rodriguez a backloaded ten-year deal at the age of 32 is a horrible, terrible, no good very bad idea ... but what do I know?

jabrch
09-23-2007, 01:05 PM
I don't think anyone who is a part of MLB, even a prospective future owner, can be talking to a player who is under contract with another team. Maybe this is happening backchannels, but it also might be complete twaddle.

upperdeckusc
09-23-2007, 02:23 PM
BoraS is just drumming up business.

Outside of the Yankees what other team is going to be willing to spend $30 million a year on one player? Boston...Anahiem

Boras is now coming up with creative financing for teams to afford his over priced client.

I'm sure Boras is trying to get the Yankees to bid against themselves like he did with the Texas owner. Bonds did the same thing with the Giants last year.

anaheim is one of the biggest cheapskate teams around, both with their prospects and big contracts. up until the gary matthews signing (which is nothing compared to arod territory) they havent given out that big of contracts. could they use arod? sure. will they get him? no ****ing chance

itsnotrequired
09-23-2007, 02:37 PM
anaheim is one of the biggest cheapskate teams around, both with their prospects and big contracts. up until the gary matthews signing (which is nothing compared to arod territory) they havent given out that big of contracts. could they use arod? sure. will they get him? no ****ing chance

The Angels have had one of the top 5 highest yearly payrolls in the AL for the last 5 years and top 3 for the last 4 years. How are they cheapskates?

Flight #24
09-23-2007, 06:46 PM
This would be tampering. The only reason why it wouldn't be technical tampering is because the guy would be a prospective owner, not an actual owner. But as Spankee president Levine pointed out on ESPN.com, that would be ground for disqualification of the applicant.

Brian26
09-23-2007, 10:57 PM
The Angels have had one of the top 5 highest yearly payrolls in the AL for the last 5 years and top 3 for the last 4 years. How are they cheapskates?

I don't understand that comment either. The Angels signed Colon in 2004, along with Vlad. They shelled out big money for Matthews Jr. They made a run for Konerko....

Lip Man 1
09-23-2007, 11:15 PM
In a story at ESPN.com Boras is denying the story.

Lip

eriqjaffe
09-23-2007, 11:19 PM
In a story at ESPN.com Boras is denying the story.

LipAnd you can believe everything he says!

skottyj242
09-24-2007, 09:19 AM
Down here at work you would think the Cubs are going to be able to put Arod on their playoff roster this year.

chisoxmike
09-24-2007, 10:08 AM
This isn't going to happen. But I find it funny that Cubs fans think it's going to.

Flight #24
09-24-2007, 10:16 AM
In a story at ESPN.com Boras is denying the story.

Lip

I believe him for a number of reasons:

1) What's the point? He can wait a month and do the same thing 100% above board. All he needs to know right now is that he can get Alex a better deal so it's worth opting out.

2) This either is or is dangerously close to tampering, which could have serious ramifications for him. I would think that an agent who circumvented MLB rules to enable tampering with a pending FA could be censured to the point of banning (at least temporarily). Given the good feelings between MLB owners and Boras, I can't believe that he'd give them the ammo to do something like that. Especially when he can do it above board in a few weeks (see #1).

3) For the prospective owner, this is again - tampering. Which could (should?) disqualify them.

4) It all assumes that this type of deal would be approved by the commissioner, which is not necessarily true.

In general, seems like a whole lot of risk being taken and a whole lot of downside when it could be done 100% within the rules by waiting a 4-6 weeks. People like Boras and prospective owners aren't stupid.

Nellie_Fox
09-24-2007, 10:41 AM
On XM this morning (MLB Home Plate) they read the MLB rule that prohibits players from having equity (or promise of equity) in the team for which they are playing.

alohafri
09-24-2007, 02:59 PM
This isn't going to happen. But I find it funny that Cubs fans think it's going to.

In the minds of those boneheads, Major League Baseball exists to keep the Cubs in players for all of eternity.

You could write a book about all of the players who "are sure to sign" or "sure to be traded to" the Cubs and it would be as thick as the dictionary...and that would only be for the past 10 years!

PennStater98r
09-24-2007, 06:20 PM
anaheim is one of the biggest cheapskate teams around, both with their prospects and big contracts. up until the gary matthews signing (which is nothing compared to arod territory) they havent given out that big of contracts. could they use arod? sure. will they get him? no ****ing chance

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