Jered Weaver bucks a (Boras) trend

Updated: August 22, 2011, 12:24 PM ET
By Buster Olney

A year ago, Prince Fielder turned down a five-year, $100 million offer from the Milwaukee Brewers at a time when he was about a year and a half from free agency. Like almost every Scott Boras client, Fielder decided to play through his arbitration years without signing a long-term deal -- and this fall, he will get more than $100 million. Probably a lot more.

Jered Weaver, another Boras client, was faced with a similar decision in recent weeks. The Angels offered the Cy Young contender a five-year, $85 million deal at a time when Weaver was only 15 months removed from free agency. If he had rejected the offer and pursued free agency, Weaver would have put himself in position to get enormous offers from the New York Yankees, or the Boston Red Sox, or the Philadelphia Phillies, or other teams, in the fall of 2012, when he turns 30. If he had avoided injury through the next season, those offers would have been in the range of the deals signed by CC Sabathia ($23 million a year) or Cliff Lee ($24 million).