Baseballs most prominent agent, Scott Boras, openly criticized the Toronto Blue Jays stagnant offseason on Sunday, likening the team to a "car with a huge engine that is impeded by a big corporate stop sign." Speaking to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Boras, the man who represents the likes of Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder, 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, places the blame on general manager Alex Anthopouloss failure to dip into the free agent market on the shoulders of Jays ownership, a group Boras deems "a successful and committed ownership that needs to give their baseball people financial flexibility." "There is no one who has the asset base of Rogers," Boras said to Rosenthal. "[Torontos] a premium city. Its a premium owner with equity. And its a very, very good team that with additional premium talent could become a contending team." Outside of catcher Dioner Navarro, the Jays, tipped to be after free agent pitching and a second baseman, have remained entirely inactive while the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez, A.J. Burnett and Masahiro Tanaka found new clubs. Because the team has two protected first-round picks, the Jays seemingly would have leverage when it comes to compensation-eligible free agents. Anthopoulos, for his part, defended ownership on being informed of Borass remarks. "Our ownership has been outstanding and given us all the resources we need," said Anthopoulos. The Blue Jays and Boras have traditionally had a frosty relationship. Borass very first major contract showdown was between the Jays and reliever Bill Caudill in 1984. After acquiring the pitcher from the Oakland As, Boras negotiated a five-year extension for his client at $1.5 million a season that made him the highest paid player on the team. Caudill flamed out due to injury and was released in 1986 after pitching only just over 105 innings for the team. The acrimony from the deal lingered. In 2009, the Jays drafted lefty starter James Paxton of Ladner, BC. The Jays could not come to an agreement with Paxton, who was being advised by Boras at the time, and he chose to head back to the University of Kentucky to play for its baseball team. Blue Jays president Paul Beeston called into question the actual nature of Paxtons relationship with Boras. "Because it was Scott, the way you deal, you deal through him," Beeston told the Globe and Mail at the time. "You dont deal through the family." The NCAA allows its athletes to have "family advisers," but forbids them from having agents, as it would compromise their amateur status. Due to Beestons comments, the NCAA launched an investigation into Paxtons arrangement with Boras. Paxton did not participate with the investigation out of fear of being suspended by the school. Kentucky, fearing that the school would face sanctions if it allowed Paxton to play whilst under investigation, filed a motion that allowed Paxton to keep his scholarship and remain part of the team, but did not let him actually play in any games. Part of that filing included the suggestion that Paxton breached the "no agent" rule. Paxton, now a member of the Seattle Mariners, was eventually declared ineligible and left the school for a Texas team in the independent league. Boras currently represents two of the last three compensation free agents on the market (with starter Ervin Santana the other) in Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. The Jays dont appear to have any interest in Morales, but could explore the possibility of slotting Drew in at second base. The 30-year-old former Red Sox shortstop has never played a game at second in his career. The Blue Jays open their exhibition schedule on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Florida. Swell Lahev
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. -- Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night.MIAMI -- Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals are playing well at the right time. Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday for a four-game sweep. "Just have to keep the train rolling," Strasburg said. Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rendon drove in runs for the Nationals (91-64), who completed an 11-game road trip 9-2 and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers (89-67) for the best record in the National League. "Really important, a good road trip for us against some teams that has been playing well especially here in a place where they play very good at home," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We won some close ones and pitching was good, that certainly will keep you in any ballgame. You have those guys toe the rubber every day, youve got a chance. We did enough to win, which is good." Strasburg (13-11) allowed three hits and two walks. He struck out five while throwing 55 of his 84 pitches for strikes. He is 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA over his last five starts. "The way he is throwing right now, thats the way that everybody wants to see him," said Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton. Rafael Soriano got through the ninth for his 32nd save in 39 chances. Marlins pinch-hitter Reed Johnson led off the ninth with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano to cut the deficit to 2-1. Casey McGehee lined out to a sliding Bryce Harper in left field to end the game. "You look at that pitching staff over there and its the best pitching staff in the National League," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Those guys keep coming and it probably doesnt matter what lineup they throw out there, with that pitching they have the ability to shut you down.dddddddddddd" The Nationals scored in the fifth off Nathan Eovaldi (6-13). Lobaton led off the inning with a double and scored on Schierholtzs triple to centre field. Rendon followed with an RBI single. Eovaldi allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. "I just wanted to eliminate those big innings today and not make those big mistakes," Eovaldi said. The Marlins had four hits and have lost five of six. TRAINERS ROOM Marlins: CF Marcell Ozuna sprained his right ankle running into second base in the seventh inning and left the game. Ozuna attempted to reach second after his hit was bobbled by left fielder Kevin Frandsen. Ozuna went into the base without sliding and hit the bag awkwardly before tumbling and was tagged out. He was helped off the field without putting any pressure on his ankle. X-rays were negative. "Thats another tough blow for us," Redmond said. "We really dont have a timetable for him. Well see how it progresses over the next couple of days." UP NEXT Both teams are off on Monday before their final seven games of the regular season. Washington: Hosts the New York Mets for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday with RHP Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85) on the mound against Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02). Miami: At Philadelphia. RHP Henderson Alvarez (11-6, 2.82) faces Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (9-7, 2.47). HEANEY EFFECT Marlins top pitching prospect LHP Andrew Heaney retired nine of the 10 batters he faced to end the game. It was Heaneys second appearance out of the bullpen after making four starts earlier in the season. TRIPLES IN BUNCHES Schierholtzs triple was the Nationals fifth in the last three games. They recorded five in their previous 56 games. ' ' '