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Borowski and the Physical

Dr F graciously provided the link and the rumor is that Borowski didn't make the grade, at least physically.

The Philadelphia Phillies backed away from a multiyear agreement with free-agent reliever Joe Borowski because of concerns over Borowski's shoulder after the pitcher took a physical, several baseball sources told ESPN.com.

According to the sources, the Phillies were prepared to sign Borowski when a team doctor examined the results of the physical and advised against giving the pitcher a multiyear contract.

That doesn't mean that several teams aren't interested in him only that a long-term contract will be out the question.  It will be interesting to see what the Marlins do:  Borowski is the team's only Type A free agent and December 1 is the last day to offer salary arbitration.  As far as I know, the Marlins haven't offered arbitration to any of their free agents.  If the Marlins were to offer arbitration to Borowski and should it be rejected - the Marlins would receive the first round pick from the team that signs him.  The club would also get a sandwich pick between the first and second round.  If Borowski were to accept arbitration then he will be signed to a one-year contract with the Marlins.  Salary to be determined.

First round picks are usually expensive to sign but under the new CBA if the team is unable to reach an agreement with the first round selection they would get a compensation pick next season.  If the Marlins don't offer Borowski arbitration by tomorrow, it would indicate that they feel he is damaged goods.  Given the fact that Beinfest hasn't contacted his agent in months, I'm not sure the organization wants to risk the possibility he might accept the arbitration offer.  Or maybe they think no other team will take him and he can be had a cheaper price than what the arbitrator would set.

Time will tell.