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Just a day after LAist criticized Angels management for its handling of draft pick Jered Weaver, the halos scored a coup. Not only did they get Jered Weaver signed, but they got him and agent Scott Boras to acquiesce to their lower $4 million minor league offer.
We're not sure if it was Weaver who ignored Boras' advice and gave in, or if it was Boras himself who realized that Weaver would have no leverage in contract negotiations after the 2005 Draft. Regardless, Arte Moreno and Bill Stoneman held the line, and they saved $1.5 million that evidently was important to them.
The Angels also get one of the best young pitchers in baseball, a Simi Valley-native who is looking forward to staying in SoCal. Now, the main guy who looks foolish is Boras, who forced his client to miss several months of competitive baseball and professional coaching for basically no added financial gain.