Power play? Carlos Lee picks Boras as new agent

Updated: August 22, 2006, 11:32 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Scott Boras' offseason free-agent class is getting stronger by the month.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
126 30 90 81 .353 .297

Texas outfielder Carlos Lee, who will join Alfonso Soriano as one of the top offensive players on the market this winter, has told the Rangers that he is leaving agent Adam Katz and will now be represented by Boras, the club confirmed.

"We're real honored to be involved with Carlos," Boras said by phone Tuesday night. "He's a big power guy who's been very durable and consistent. He's basically the type of franchise player that most teams don't have."

Katz was traveling Tuesday and didn't return calls seeking comment.

Lee, 30, is batting .297 with 30 homers and 90 RBI with Milwaukee and Texas this season. He has 214 home runs and a .493 slugging percentage in eight big-league seasons.

The Brewers sent Lee to the Rangers as part of a six-player trade on July 28 after he turned down a reported four-year, $48 million offer to stay in Milwaukee.

Oakland's Barry Zito, the top free-agent pitcher on this winter's market, left agent Arn Tellem in July to sign on with Boras' group.

Boras also represents star Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is not eligible for free agency until 2008, but could come to the majors if the Seibu Lions decide to "post" him this winter. That's the same route that Ichiro Suzuki took to sign with the Seattle Mariners in 2000.

Jerry Crasnick covers Major League Baseball for ESPN Insider.

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