Braves Unhappy With Loss Of Maddux

The Braves are unhappy with the loss of <B>Greg Maddux</B> as a player, teammate, and teacher but are even unhappier with Maddux's agent <B>Scott Boras</B> - whose ridiculous contracts demands inevitably led to a parting of ways between Maddux and the Braves.

Manager Bobby Cox is mourning the loss of Greg Maddux. He loved the veteran's intelligence, consistency and willingness to tutor his fellow pitchers.

But general manager John Schuerholz didn't even pretend to make an offer to retain Maddux after initial conversations with agent Scott Boras indicated that $15 million a year for four years was the neighborhood they were cruising in.

"We really wanted Doggie back," lamented Cox, "but we just couldn't get anywhere with the agent."

Boras is a juicy target, all right, but don't forget that he works for Maddux, not the other way around. If Maddux's priority was staying in Atlanta, that's where he would be.

Still, it's curious that after Boras's contract specifications fell flat last year, causing Maddux to accept the Braves' offer of arbitration (he was awarded $14.75 million to pitch last season), he tried to float the same deal again this year.

The latest news is that Maddux may talk to some teams himself. Hmm ...


--SS Rafael Furcal, who is arbitration eligible, has been offered a contract.

--INF Mark DeRosa, who is arbitration eligible, has been offered a contract. DeRosa is expected to be the Braves' starting third baseman.

--OF Gary Matthews, Jr., who was arbitration eligible, has signed an $800,000 contract. Matthews was claimed off waivers from San Diego.

--RHP Will Cunnane, who is arbitration eligible, has been offered a contract.

--LHP Armando Almanza has agreed to terms of a one-year contract.

--LHP Chris Waters has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for LHP Armando Almanza.

BY THE NUMBERS: Four years at $15 million per -- The deal agent Scott Boras reportedly floated to the Braves for Greg Maddux.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He has always provided exceptional leadership and quality." -- GM John Schuerholz on C Eddie Perez, whom the Braves reacquired last week.

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