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David Ortiz holds court

Ortiz on what seems to be a curiosity for what it must be like playing for the Yankees, because everyone seems to say great things:

“Their players always pass that around, that the Yankees are the best team to play for, this and that and blah, blah, blah,” Ortiz said. “That’s why there are a lot of players who want to go there and see what’s up, and then they come out with the same communication. Why? I don’t know.” […]

“Actually, I never get to talk to anyone about playing here,” he said. “I never get asked by players: ‘What’s it like to play for the Red Sox?’ That’s interesting. I never get: ‘How is it over there?’ You’ve got more fans asking you that than players. That’s funny how it sounds, but that’s how it is.”

Even Ortiz has inquired about what it’s like to play for the Yankees.

“I asked Alex and Johnny, ‘Hey, how do you like it over there?’ They say, ‘Oh, man, it’s awesome.

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The Jesus Montero chatter gains volume

This is a day or two old, but keeping with the theme:

For a guy who has his type of bat, I have a lot of respect for how hard he has worked to improve [defensively] from last year,” [Phil]  Hughes said after a 2-0 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field. […]

[David]  Robertson’s eyes widened when asked about Montero, who went 0-for-3 and is 1-for-6 in two games.

I first saw him when I signed here and it’s amazing how much better he has gotten,” Robertson said. “He sets up good, blocks balls in the dirt and stays down. He looks good.”

Arm strength has never been a negative with the 21-year-old Montero. Footwork, balance, weight shift and release have required work.

And there’s more, from Marc Carig:

A lot better,” [Ivan]  Nova said. “I see him more down (near) the plate, not too tall, staying low with the pitches, and calling a really good game.…

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Teixeira fires Scott Boras

Scott Boras doesn’t land the highest profile prospects and players because he’s not the best at getting his players the most amount of money. Many fans of the game hate Boras because he’s so very good at doing his job and in doing so, making owners and GM’s seem foolish for their overspending ways.  Boras seems to hold a zen-like grip over many teams, spell-bound by his binders of goodness that spill out upon many a conference room table. I mean, who else but Scott Boras could, with a straight face, compare Oliver Perez to Sandy Koufax? Of course, the Mets re-bought the schtick and signed Perez to an awful three year, $36m deal, something they woefully regret.

Once Teix utilized Boras’ skills to land him an epic contract, Teix now wants to excise the ‘stigma’ of being a “Boras client.”  Very cute. Again, practically speaking, there’s little need for Boras’ skills over the remaining six years of Teix’s deal.…

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