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Mets, Boras at odds
By Peter Gammons
Special to ESPN.com
At this point, the damage has been done and the Mets are not going to sign Alex Rodriguez. But Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras, without getting into a spitting contest with Mets general manager Steve Phillips, categorically denies making a series of demands to the Mets.
"With a player like Alex, one doesn't have to make demands," says Boras, who claims that several owners called him Tuesday and told him he could have any perks he wants. "We made it clear that all we were asking for was what was 'normal and customary' for Mets players. I told them, 'we don't need anything.' "
Boras says that the Mariners provided a room for marketing purposes, and he says that the company he formed -- Impact Sports Management -- handles Rodriguez's marketing and that he requires no club staff. While this would seem to be a hit on A-Rod's image, Boras claims "things are going very well, maybe better than anticipated," in his talks with other teams.In turn, Rodriguez's friends suggest that the Mets knew they had to move elsewhere in terms of payroll and forced Phillips to make a statement covering them.
"They thought Rick Reed was going to be $5 million and he's up near $8 million," says one baseball executive. "It's going to be a wild winter."
Around the majors
"The Rangers have offered three, Colorado two and Cleveland one year," says a GM. The Indians also met with Tony Gwynn on Tuesday.
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