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Saturday, May 11, 2019

“Who is Scott Boras?”

It’s a slow news day so I’m going to tell you a story about a conversation that I had this morning.

My brother, Curt, who lives in San Diego, called me at 6AM his time. I was worried that, at that hour, it was some sort of an emergency. I answered.

“Who’s Scott Boras?” he said. He pronounced it with the accent on the wrong syllable — “Scott borAS” which made it pretty clear he had literally no idea. I explained that he is baseball’s most famous agent and that he’s kind of a big deal in my world.

“Oh, OK, that makes sense,” he said. “He’s blowing up in K-Pop circles right now.” K-Pop, referring to pop music coming out of South Korea, is my brother’s world.

Would that that were a question many of us could ask….

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: k-pop, scott boras

Friday, April 19, 2019

Gio Gonzalez fires Scott Boras

Gio Gonzalez has had a rough few months.

Despite being a pretty solid pitcher over the years, he claims he only received one offer all offseason: a minor league deal with the Yankees. He signed that in late March and the Yankees have kept him in the minors. If they don’t call him up by tomorrow, he can request his release. For what it’s worth, Gonzalez has not pitched well in Triple-A, likely because he didn’t get a spring training (this past month has been his spring training for all practical purposes). A such, it seems doubtful that the Yankees will call him up and likely that he’s going to be a free agent once again by this weekend.

He’ll be a free agent with a new agent, too, as Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Gonzalez has fired his agent, Scott Boras, and is now represented by CAA.

Normally at this point I’d offer some stuff about how crappy the market is for free agents. And it is. But I’m more taken with the Scott Boras angle here. And wondering why on Earth players who are not top-of-the-market talents sign with him.

But what will Boras do with all those binders now?

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:38 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, scott boras

Monday, April 08, 2019

Andrew Friedman knows all about contract extensions, but will young Dodgers get them? - Los Angeles Times

The original article that contained Boras’ “snuff contracts” comments.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2019 at 12:03 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, scott boras

Boras: Young stars getting trapped, lowballed with ‘snuff contracts’

Super agent Scott Boras has chimed in on a contract extension trend that has swept across MLB, one he doesn’t think is good for players - especially young stars.

Boras believes that contracts - like ones that Alex Bregman, Eloy Jimenez, and Ronald Acuna signed over the last few weeks - belie players’ value and won’t allow them to test free agency until they’re in their 30s, at which point they won’t be able to get long-term deals.

“Great, young players are getting what I call ‘snuff contracts,’” Boras told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. “And a snuff contract is that they’re trying to snuff out the market. They know the player is a great player, and he’s exhibited very little performance.

I thought MLB was campaigning against smokeless tobacco usage….

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, scott boras

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Keuchel in discussions with ‘a number of clubs’ – agent

MLB free agent Dallas Keuchel is “in discussions with a number of clubs”, according to his agent Scott Boras.

Keuchel – the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner is still without a team after leaving the Houston Astros last season.

However, Boras told the MLB Network: “We are in discussion with a number of clubs.”

Keuchel remains a free agent, two days into the MLB season, and he is reportedly committed to waiting for the “right offer.”

Wondering if where I had to go to find this is just a coincidence, or a sign that he’s gotten very desperate indeed….

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas keuchel, hot stove, scott boras

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Deadspin: It’s Time For Some Bryce Harper Game Theory

Is the news of a meeting with the Nationals evidence that the Nationals are still interested in Harper? Or is it evidence that they are trying to make his price higher for the Phillies?


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bryce Harper: Sweepstakes reach fever pitch in Las Vegas

Boras being Boras.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 11:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, scott boras

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Scott Boras Metaphor Generator will explain exactly what’s going on at the Winter Meetings - SBNation.com

On the Yankees: “When the nurse comes into your room with a thermometer, the issue isn’t the temperature of the patient that day. It’s their health when they’re ready to leave the hospital. And they’re not ready to leave the hospital.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 05:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras

Monday, December 10, 2018

Scott Boras didn’t like what he heard from Mark Lerner about Bryce Harper

But Boras has raised concerns with the Nationals about Lerner’s comments violating a more specific rule, one etched in the latest collective bargaining agreement. Attachment 49 states that clubs, players or player representatives may not “disclose to the media the substance of contract discussions between a player and a Club, (including but not limited to the facts of offers, the substance of offers, or decisions not to make offers or to withdraw offers) until after terms on the contract have been confirmed by the Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association.” As Boras sees it, Lerner violated that provision when he said in a radio interview on 106.7 the Fan that the Nationals did “the best we could do” by offering Harper $300 million over 10 years in September.

But the agreement provides some leeway. A team, representative or player may “respond to a media inquiry” about an offer — i.e., verify its existence if asked directly, verify its terms if asked directly, confirm or deny discussions between a team and player, and so on. It also states that the interviewee may not follow up on those answers with additional information.

The Nationals do not believe Lerner’s comments violate any of those rules. Indeed, Lerner did not volunteer the terms of an offer but explained the context in which the Nationals made theirs — and why he thinks they cannot do better.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 07:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, scott boras

Friday, December 07, 2018

Fancred Sports : Jon Heyman: Agent Scott Boras calls recent contracts baseball’s ‘analytic catastrophe’

He has a “state-of-the-art computer to crunch numbers”. How can you argue with him?

Boras talks about what he sees as the “analytic catastrophe” now, after some top players performances veered wildly in contrast to their contracts during the odd market last winter. Boras, who himself uses a state-of-the-art computer to crunch numbers and certainly isn’t opposed to figures, spoke out about the over-emphasis on analytics last year, but it didn’t prevent teams from stressing velocity and spin rate, launch angle and the like.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:42 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras

 

 

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