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Things could get cozier between Dodgers and Scott Boras

The agent has a strong relationship with top executive and part-owner Stan Kasten.

May 05, 2012|By Phil Rogers
  • Stan Kasten, left, part of the new Dodgers ownership group, has a strong relationship with agent Scott Boras.
Stan Kasten, left, part of the new Dodgers ownership group, has a strong… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times;…)

Don't be surprised if the relationship between Scott Boras and the Dodgers improves with the new ownership group in charge. Boras has a strong relationship with top executive Stan Kasten and is likely to have a suite at Dodger Stadium. He has had a highly visible one at Angel Stadium for years. …

Kasten is wasting no time trying to get his hands around the facility issues at Dodger Stadium. He will get a visit from design guru Janet Marie Smith this week when she's in Los Angeles on Rose Bowl business. He says the batting cage at Chavez Ravine is worse than what the Cubs work with at Wrigley Field. …

On-field success continues to be met with widespread apathy in the Tampa Bay area. The Rays drew 40,842 for a four-game series against the Mariners last week, with a Monday crowd of 9,458, the smallest at Tropicana Field in five years. As usual, no stadium compromises are in sight between the team and the city. …

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says the only player he remembers having similar power to Giancarlo Stanton is Jim Thome. "That kid will kill one pitcher before the season is over, or a third baseman," Guillen said. "I hope not, but wow. If this kid hits the ball back to the pitcher the way he hits it to left field, there's going to be a helicopter coming down, and hurry up.'' …

The Rangers' Yu Darvish is set to meet former Ranger C.J. Wilson on Friday in Texas, an intriguing matchup given the cavalier way GM Jon Daniels let Wilson walk to the Angels after he was their Game 1 starter in the 2011 playoffs. …

What's wrong with Robinson Cano? Some people say he's pressing with free agency looming after 2013. But a better explanation is that he's being pitched more carefully with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira off to slow starts around him. It would be interesting to see Joe Girardi move Curtis Granderson behind him, even if it would put two left-handed hitters together. …

Chone Figgins for Carlos Marmol? The money is a good match, but why would Figgins be an asset to the Cubs? He's having enough trouble already with the Mariners, and his career average is 25 points lower in the day. … Speaking of Thome, he's battling back problems once again. He probably will get a lengthy rehab assignment in the minors, with the hope he can help the Phillies in interleague games, but he could become a release candidate if Ryan Howard is strong in his return.

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