Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reported tonight that Scott Boras would be open to a long-term deal involving Pedro Alvarez and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the article, Biertempfel quoted Frank Coonelly and Scott Boras, who both said they'd be open to the discussions. That doesn't mean much, since discussions are far from a deal. The more important thing is what is said during the discussions.

All you need to know about Scott Boras is that he usually has a set value for his players, and that value is usually higher than you'd expect. Teams balk at the prices, fans laugh at how Boras finally screwed over one of his clients by asking for too much, and in most cases Boras gets the money for his player in the end. The most telling quote in the story was when Boras described what Alvarez could be...

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