Matt Sosnick is about as upfront as it gets. And while I can’t say that I’ve had a lot of dealings with player agents in the baseball world, I suspect that’s a fairly rare quality. It certainly makes him an excellent radio show guest, especially at a time like this, with his client and his team struggling so badly, and that’s why I’m hardly surprised that he said something noteworthy when he appeared with Jeff Blair on the Fan 590 yesterday morning (audio here).
It’s certainly not how I heard it, but the description of the conversation on the Fan’s audio on demand page tells listeners that “despite an awful season thus far, Matt Sosnick still expects that his client, Josh Johnson, can sign a monster contract if they elect to choose free agency this off-season.”
Sosnick did use those sorts of terms at one point, though I don’t think expects is the right word at all.
“He’s a guy who had a chance, going into the season, to sign a Sabbathia-type contract if he went out and had a Cy Young-type year,” he says, early on in the interview– “had,” I think, perhaps being the operative word.
“If he’s over [his past injury issues], he’s a guy who can sign a monster contract,” he added, and then later emphasized the anomaly that this season has been for Johnson, and says that his sense is that he’s going to turn it around this year.
I suppose you could combine the fact that he expects him to turn it around with the fact that a healthy and productive Johnson would be in line for a monster deal and come to the same conclusion that the Fan did, but later on Sosnick got much more realistic about what’s in store for his client, given the way things currently stand.
Calling this winter’s free agent pitching market possibly the worst in the last ten or fifteen years, he added, “It doesn’t look like Josh will be part of it now.”
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