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What do third baseman Anthony Rendon, right-hander Alex Meyer and outfielder Brian Goodwin have in common besides being selected by the Nationals in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Monday? All three are represented by agent Scott Boras.
In fact, since 2009, the Nationals have selected five players represented by Boras during the first day of the Draft. Two of those players are right-hander Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper. Both players didn’t agree to terms with the club until deadline day which is usually in the middle of August.
Can Washington sign Rendon, Meyer and Goodwin before the deadline, which is Aug. 15th? General manager Mike Rizzo believes he can.
“We are going to try our best to get all three of them signed,” Rizzo said. “These are guys we have identified and I think are going to be a big part of the organization. We are always optimistic that we could get them signed. That’s why we take them. That’s why we do all of this work to evaluate them. We are going to make an attempt to get all three of them signed.”
The last first-round pick not to sign with the Nationals was right-hander Aaron Crow in 2008. He is now a Major League closer with the Royals.
Agent Scott Boras confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that his client, catcher Ivan Rodriguez, agreed to terms with the Nationals because he was offered a two-year deal.
Boras also said other teams offered Rodriguez a one-year deal worth a lot more money than what the Nationals were offering. Those teams also wanted Rodriguez to play every day.
As a member of the Nationals, Rodriguez will serve as a backup catcher and mentor to Jesus Flores, who is also a Boras client.
“It was a decision where Pudge wanted to stay there for a couple of years and that’s what it took to bring him there because everybody else was offering higher value on a one-year basis,” Boras said. “[He is OK with being a backup]. The Nationals defined the role and [general manager Mike] Rizzo was very candid about it. We told Pudge. His hope is to get to 3,000 hits.”
The Nationals have not officially announced the signing of Rodriguez, pending a physical. Rodriguez is expected to be in Washington on Thursday or Friday to take a physical. A press conference is expected soon thereafter.
“He is going to bring a lot of information to a locker room about winning, game calling and performing under pressure — all those things,” Boras said.
Rodriguez has played in 14 All-Star Games and won 13 Gold Glove Awards, most by a catcher and tied for fourth most at any position. The 1999 American League MVP Award winner also has more runs (1,277), hits (2,618) and doubles (526) than any other backstop in Major League history.
Rodriguez served as a backup for the Rangers after being acquired from the Astros in August. He played in a combined 121 games and hit .249 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 2009.
Nationals acting general manager Mike Rizzo and agent Scott Boras met on Wednesday at Dodgers Stadium, but most of the discussion was not about San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who has Boras as an advisor.
According to a baseball source, Rizzo informed Boras that he was going to scout the right-hander on Friday. Rizzo and Boras did not talk about a contract for Strasburg.
The Nationals have the first pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and Strasburg is expected to be their top choice provided that he is healthy on June 9.
Published reports indicated the Nationals will not be scared off by the price tag — believed to be $50 million-plus — for the right-hander. But the source expects the negotiations between the Nationals and Boras to go down to the wire.