In the FWIW Dept...Jim Peyton, the gentleman who lives in the Clearwater area, is there everyday to report on the Phillies pharm system and has a definite ear for what goes on with the team, said today that he was hearing very concerning news regarding the Stott negotiations and had actually heard them for several days. While happy to hear the rumors of an impending Stott signing, he reiinterated that what he was hearing was not so promising.
As a long time Boras watcher, none of these reports surprises me. Boras is well known to plant info with reporters that he knows will print it...the "rumor" that Stott will sign this week...which he knows will put subtle pressure on the team to complete the deal so as not to suffer undo negative press.
Boras knows this doesn't always work, but he also knows that it works occasionally and he is not above using this tactic.
As to what disturbing news Peyton was hearing, he didn't say but based on what he has reported before allow me to take a Boras intuitive like guess. Peyton has said before that Stott expected [and was told] that he would likely be a Top 10 pick and earn Top 10 money. I believe Boras may no have promised him this but suggested he believed these reports were true.
I think one of the reasons Stott dropped was because of who he chose as his agent, the Phils were not the only team that for years had a Better Dead than Boras like philosophy in having to deal with the difficult agent. Obviously, the Phils no longer have that attitude and they have navigated several deals with Boras in the past few years. All well and good.
But Peyton said one of the things he had been hearing was that Stott/Boras wanted more money than the Phils slot allows, probably because Stott expected to get that money as a higher pick. While we can all say, "oh well, too bad" with some conviction, we also know Boras has been known to advise players not to sign for less than what he thinks they are worth and just go through another process to get that money.
Look I hope he signs, think he probably will sign, and also thinks he is a bit foolish not to. But all of those feelings don't take away from the reality that dealing with Boras is never easy and very often ends with results that seem to make very little sense in a rational non-Boras world.