DALLAS — Scott Boras met the media here at the Hilton Anatole hotel for a few minutes tonight, his annual scrum that inspires a mass of media to swarm him as if he were a head of state.
Most the questions thrown at Boras involved his big-name free agents (Prince Fielder, Ryan Madson and the like) but the Nationals contingent of reporters did squeeze in two questions involving former Nationals (and now free agents).
With regard to catcher Ivan Rodriguez, Boras admitted what we basically already knew: A reunion with the Nationals isn’t likely and Rodriguez is only being looked at exclusively as a back-up.
“In a backup role, there are still a number of teams that are evaluating him and that situation,” Boras said. “I think there are fewer than there were but it’s getting more defined. We should know something here in the next few weeks about where he may be.”
Rodriguez is a more-than-serviceable defensive catcher and he showed on a few occasions last season that his hitting days are not completely behind him. Rodriguez is 156 hits away from No. 3,000 in his career — and it’s a milestone that means a great deal to him.
Boras didn’t elaborate on where the possible fits might be for Rodriguez but we know for almost certain it’s not in Washington where they already have both Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores.
“I think their plan at the moment excludes him,” Boras said.
– As for another Boras client and former National, Rick Ankiel could find his way back to Nationals Park, Boras said. The Nationals have expressed some interest in bringing back the fine defensive center fielder who could serve as a fourth outfielder and a left-handed bat off the bench.
“(The Nationals) are kind of looking through the trade market and evaluating those things and then they’re going to make a decision on him after that,” Boras said.