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D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 11:34 pm
By Matt Snyder

Utility player Willie Bloomquist may not be returning to the Diamondbacks for the 2012 season, in part due to a miscommunication between the Arizona front office and Bloomquist's agent, Scott Boras, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Bloomquist had stepped up and logged some very important innings for the Diamondbacks this season once they had lost starting shortstop Stephen Drew to injury. While he's hardly a star, Bloomquist's ability to play so many different positions is helpful. He hit .266/.317/.340 for the NL West champs and is currently a free agent. There was a mutual option on his contract, and the D-Backs chose to exercise that option. Bloomquist declined the option, making him a free agent. And that's where it becomes a bit of a he-said, he-said game.

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is reportedly frustrated that they haven't heard from Bloomquist or his agent since the declination, as Arizona expressed interest in bringing Bloomquist back by exercising its end of the option.

"I don't think it's up to us to lob a call," Towers said ( "We exercised our end. We showed we wanted the player back. By exercising the option, we're pretty much saying, 'We'd like to have the player back.' By them declining, it's like, 'We don't want to come back at what you want us at.' Then, well, what do you want?"

Fair point.

Boras claims his side did try to contact the Diamondbacks, however. From
Boras said one of his assistants, Scott Chiamparino, called Diamondbacks assistant GM Billy Ryan the same day to confirm receipt of the letter and that Ryan said the team would be back in touch during the week.
Ryan reportedly did receive the letter, but had no idea about the phone call in question. Ryan also reportedly said he talked to Chiamparino on October 28 and was told that the D-Backs had some "significant" ground to make up in order to satisfy the contract demands of Bloomquist.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks did re-up with backup shortstop John McDonald.

"We knew we needed shortstop depth and we had two in-house guys that we had a comfort level with," Ryan said. "'Johnny Mac' was proactive about it and given the uncertainty with Willie, we moved forward with that."

The signing of McDonald makes it less urgent for the D-Backs to lock up Bloomquist, and they're reportedly more focused now on bringing back second baseman Aaron Hill. Not surprisingly, this movement didn't exactly endear the D-Backs to Boras, who was angry enough that he managed to get in a swipe at an innocent bystander (McDonald):

"Is it our duty to be in touch with them every hour on the hour so we know nobody else signed?" Boras said ( "When you want someone, you go get them. We're not the employer. They offer the contracts and pay the money. We don't. It sounds to me like what happened is, they got upset when Willie opted out. They got emotional and they went out and signed a guy who hit .169."

There's definitely no reason to go after McDonald's batting average, considering his value is by being a superior defensive player, but that's beside the point here. The major takeaway is that Boras' statement is a contradiction to what Towers' expectations seemed to be in his above quote. Thus, unless lots of things change in the coming weeks, Bloomquist is headed elsewhere.

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Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:50 pm

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Is this for real!?! I have been a Boras hater for quite a few years now. And when they start fighting over Willie Bloomquist - things have gone over the edge! Who cares about Willie, besides Willie and Boras? Obviously the D-Backs are aware of what an incredible addition he would be to the team.....NOT! So go peddle that extremely average player to the Orix Blue one in the states is impressed at all.

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:47 am
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:59 am

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

it's SLY willie Bloom  who cares!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:32 am

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Ok so he had the second best year of his career. So what. Let him go to another team. The guy is easily replaced.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:09 am

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Watch McDonald hit around .300 next year just to shove it down Boras's throat lol

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:24 am

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Like usually Scott Boras is playing his stupid game and the Arizona Diamondbacks and GM Kevin Towers won't fall for his tricks or anyone these days because everyone knows Boras game already. Boras is trying to get a big payday for a player who plays once or twice a week the most in utility Willie Bloomquist. I'm sorry but were talking about Bloomquist a bench player who is alright player and did well this past season for the D-backs but he is still a bench player and that's it. The D-backs are better off paying money to Aaron Hill were they need a 2B more than a bench player in which they signed already John McDonald so really they don't need Blomquist that bad anymore. Bloomquist is a great guy and I wish him well but it's not the D-backs fault here but his greedy agent Boras who will ruin him for sure in the long run, mock my words.

Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:32 pm

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Anyone who believes anything Boras says deserves what is coming to them. He has a reputation of being a liar, and gets paid handsomely for it. This is well known to everyone in baseball including Bloomquist. Willie should know the risks that come along with having Boras as his agent, and hopefully for his sake, he will be able to find a major league job for next season.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:32 pm

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

Will Bloomquist fire Boras before or only after he realizes he's waiting around for a scrub contract on Feb 15th... "Significant ground to make up"?!?! Who do you think we're talking about? Nick Punto could just as easily not power our lineup, thank you.<br />

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:04 pm

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist


Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:26 pm

D-Backs, Boras feuding over Willie Bloomquist

A Yankee fan talking about over-paid and over-rated? LOL! Just think, if the Dbacks spent 4 times as much and spent like the Yanks do, maybe they would have been first round fodder against a team that didn't make the WS anyways. Oh wait...

AZ should have never signed McDonald. He's old and he's terrible. Bloomquist provided so much offensively this year and he was serviceable defensively....McDonald is a liability at the plate. Bloomer may be a utility guy, but that was exactly what AZ needed during stretches of the season, and he plugged a lot of leaks with his reliable play. He doesn't deserve Yankee money (Read: 20 times more than he's worth)...but a raise seems in order. 

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