Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Agent—Cue The AFLAC Duck!

Whenever sports agents start talking, I get the same reaction the AFLAC duck gets to Yogi Berra. From Scott Boras on down, they are masters of obfuscation. John Boggs, the agent for Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, is no exception. You get more information from a Bill Belichick news conference than this guy. When asked about progress on a contract extension for his client, he stated:

"We sat down and discussed where basically Adrian's at. I think it's just going to move very positively."

OK, so, when might we get the good news that Adrian will be wearing Carmine Hose longer than Jason Bay or Adrian Beltre?

"I would anticipate something in April."

Maybe around Opening Day—so the Red Sox can avoid luxury tax hell, right?

"When in April? I don't know. It could be the beginning, middle, end. That's really the parameters. If something drags it on past that, then yeah, we'd probably have to revisit a lot of things, but I don't anticipate that at all."

Cue the duck.