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Boras clarifies Strasburg remarks

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Boras clarifies Strasburg remarks

MLB super agent Scott Boras made headlines last month for stating his personal involvement in the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. In a radio interview with 106.7 The Fan, Boras intimated there could be legal concerns for the Nats in listening to their doctors' advice and also claimed he and Rizzo "built" the team as it stands.

Defining his involvement in the construction of the Nats as if he was a sort of co-general manager obviously caught peoples' attention, and now Boras is backtracking from those comments. His explanation is not only conceivable, but kinda funny in how he portrays Rizzo.

"Do you think Mike Rizzo's personality is attuned to having someone call him and tell him what to do with his particular team? Come on," he said.

"Certainly, I try to give teams insights and information. But when you're not there every day, how can you make these calls? It's not my place or anybody's place unless you're there."

Rizzo is obviously strong-willed in his decision-making, it takes supreme confidence and conviction to stick with your guns when nearly everybody in the baseball world is criticizing you publicly. Rizzo himself wasn't offended by Boras' claim and gives the exact same reason in defense of their relationship.

"I wasn't upset about it,'' he said. "I figured it was either taken out of context or there was a mistake or it was misunderstood or misrepresented. If (Boras) did say that, it was a laughable assertion that he would have that much input on what we're trying to do. Anybody who knows me well obviously laughed about it, too.''

To be a GM in professional sports, you can't exactly waffle when it comes time to make decisions. Every year they make countless choices, some with millions of dollars on the line, and job security is almost an oxymoron in their profession. Just ask Theo Epstein.

So for those assuming Boras played a big role in Strasburg's shutdown, he may have been less involved than it once appeared.

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Nationals deal top prospects Giolito, Lopez and Dunning to White Sox for Adam Eaton

Nationals deal top prospects Giolito, Lopez and Dunning to White Sox for Adam Eaton

The Washington Nationals were unable to trade the farm to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for former Cy Young winner Chris Sale. But still looking to make a splash, the Nationals went back to the White Sox, and have made a deal.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the Nationals will trade Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning to the White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton, pending physicals.

Eaton, 28 years old, will be entering his sixth season, having played two seasons with the Diamondbacks and two season with the White Sox.

Eaton has never made an All-Star team, but has a solid OBP of .357 and has back-to-back seasons of 14 home runs and at least 50 RBIs. He also has a very friendly contract, having recently signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract.

In return, the White Sox get a treasure trove of prospects.

Giolito is the top prospect in the Nationals' organization and one of the top prospects in all of MLB. He appeared in six games for the nationals in 2016, finishing with a 6.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Lopez, the No. 4 prospect in the organization, appeared in 11 games in 2016, finishing with a 4.91 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

Dunning, one of the ace of the Florida Gators' staff, was selected by the Nationals with the 29th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft.

But considering the Nationals were willing to give up numerous top prospects for Chris Sale or Andrew McCutchen, it's puzzling that the Nationals would receive just Eaton in return.

Heading into the 2016 winter meetings, it was well known that the Nationals were interested in making a big splash and shaking things up.

It looks like they're doing just that.

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Nationals were willing to give up the farm for Chris Sale

Nationals were willing to give up the farm for Chris Sale

By Jason Dobkin

The Nationals were ready to give up a host of top prospects to get Chris Sale from the White Sox.

They weren't able to nab the ace — Chicago decided to trade Sale to the Red Sox for a group of prospects headlined by second baseman Yoan Moncada — but it wasn't for lack of a competitive offer.

The Nats were deep in talks with the White Sox on Monday night, offering up two of their top prospects in right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and outfielder Victor Robles. They were also reportedly willing to let go of another top pitching prospect, Reynaldo Lopez, who originally wasn't on the table.

Giolito and Robles are two of the best prospects in baseball, and Lopez isn't far behind. Moncada, though, is considered possibly the No. 1 prospect. In addition to Moncada, the Red Sox also gave up stud pitching prospect Michael Kopech.

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The Nats could have possibly gotten a deal done involving Trea Turner, but they weren't willing to budge on him.

The Nationals' missing on Sale comes not long after they also missed out on pitcher Mark Melancon, who signed with the Giants.

Considering how much Washington was willing to part with to get Sale, losing out on him probably hurts.

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