Monday, March 02, 2009

Frank McCourt Is Wimpy

...and pissy too. From Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times:

McCourt said the latest phase of negotiations ended the moment agent Scott Boras made him a counterproposal instead of simply accepting or declining an offer the Dodgers made Wednesday of a two-year, $45-million contract with much of the money deferred without any added interest. By Thursday evening, Boras had asked for two years at $45 million with an opt-out clause that Ramirez could exercise at the end of the first year, only with no deferred salary.

McCourt called Boras' counteroffer "too little too late" and said negotiations would resume with "a fresh start." He said he stressed to the agent that he had wanted a resolution by Friday because he didn't want the negotiations to dominate conversation Sunday, the day the Dodgers opened the gates of their new spring training ballpark.

But why not consider the offer when the two sides appear to be so close?

"Because we're going to start from scratch," McCourt said.

But why start from scratch when you're so close?

"I answered it twice," McCourt said.

He looked away from the reporter who asked the question and didn't say another word until another question was asked by another reporter.

McCourt later apologized for ignoring the inquiry, saying that he wanted to field another question because a Dodgers spokesman had told him he could speak to the assembled media for only one more minute. He spoke for almost six more. The next question he took was from an reporter who asked him about the joys of opening a new spring training ballpark and hosting the final rounds of World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium.


Anyway, do you want to know how individual SoSG members line up on the Manny issue? Here's a handy guide:

Sax: Did I Say $45 Million? Sorry, I Meant $10 Million, Fun With McCourt Math

EK: Manny NPV'ing Manny

Orel: Scott Boras Is Just Misunderstood, Mickey Meets Manny


Steve Sax said...

That makes two times in four days that McCourt has tried to run to his mommy and instead behaved badly in a press conference.

Somebody get this baby a sitter.

Eric Karros said...

I assert Wimpy made a bad deal as well. Check with his Hamburgers Receivable department to see why he's in the red.

Eric Karros said...

Oops, I did not read carefully. I always thought it was "I'd gladly pay you today for a hamburger Tuesday," which seems like an odd proposition. I see now it's the reverse and that Wimpy understands the time value of money.

Steve Sax said...

Wimpy understands hunger pangs, too