Baseball BeatFebruary 17, 2005
Only a Matter of When, Not If
By Rich Lederer

Thanks to Repoz at Baseball Primer for sending me an email to tip me off to an article written by Doug Miller at The headline reads:

Notes: 'Confident' about Weaver Negotiations still going on between team, Boras
Angels owner Arte Moreno said negotiations are going on and that he was "confident" something would get done soon. Weaver, who starred at Long Beach State, is believed to be asking for a comparable deal to that of Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, who got over $10 million when he signed in 2001.

"Bill Stoneman and Boras need to see if we can close the gap," Moreno said. "... We're real optimistic about it happening."

Moreno said he had a good working relationship with Boras, who works in Orange County and has season tickets behind home plate at Angel Stadium.

That sounds pretty good to me. Like I've said all along, I don't doubt that they will reach an agreement. The Weaver camp has been quite optimistic for, gosh, nearly three weeks now. But the important takeaway here is that the deal is going to get done. I promise that. In fact, I'll bet Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT on it. When it's all said and done, that may not be much of a wager. Stay tuned!

Update: Rob McMillin of 6-4-2 fame beat me to the punch by 45 minutes.