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Friday, March 04, 2016

Kris Bryant, Cubs agree to $652,000 contract

The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, agreed to a one-year, $652,000 contract.

Bryant will receive a raise of more than $145,000 - a substantial amount considering he has less than one full year of major league service time. Bryant also will receive $111,000 more than Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who will earn $541,000 despite more than two years of service time.

This almost most likely doesn’t help the Cubs sign him in 6 years, or to an extension before then, but it’s definitely a gesture, with relative chump change, that surely helps the relationship even if last year’s promotegate was overblown.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Scott Boras has an extreme plan to change MLB’s draft - The Washington Post

What’s the benefit for teams?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2016 at 07:49 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, scott boras

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jose Fernandez innings limit being discussed by Miami Marlins, agent Scott Boras, and sides are ready to zero in on number as spring training nears | FOX Sports

Hill, for his part, said Monday in an email that the team has formulated a “tentative game plan . . . that we will review with Jose in spring training.” Hill added that the Marlins’ baseball operations department, team medical staff, Dr. Neal ElAttrache (who performed the surgery), and Fernandez himself have had—or will have—voices in the decision-making process.

So, the parties agree a consensus is necessary. That’s good. But the ultimate number—which caused so much controversy for Harvey last fall—remains unknown. Boras and the Marlins sparred early in the offseason about how much influence Boras could have on Fernandez’s workload; they reconciled in time for Chen, a Boras client, to sign a five-year, $80 million deal with the Marlins. Now the Fernandez issue is back.

The Marlins, according to one source, will be reluctant to place a hard cap on Fernandez before the season, preferring to agree on a range that could be scaled based on the number of stressful innings encountered during the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, scott boras

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Scott Boras, other baseball minds propose anti-tanking measures - Buster Olney Blog- ($Insider$)

How do these changes actually help bad teams return to contention?

In no particular order, here are some of the suggestions mentioned by evaluators and agents:

1. Prevent teams from picking at or near the top of the draft in successive seasons:
(snip)

2. Reduce the difference in draft dollars attached to the highest picks under the current system:
(snip)

3. Have a draft lottery:
(snip)

4. The E system: Agent Scott Boras presented a multifaceted idea that would allow the worst teams to extract proper value from their picks in the years in which elite talents (like Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper) are available in the draft, but also would push the worst teams to compete to the best of their ability.
Call it the E system. As in “Elite.”

Boras spoke with admiration about how the science of scouting has developed, how much more precise the evaluators and their evaluations have become, and his suggestion places a lot of power in the hands of scouts.

Some years, no special talents like a Ken Griffey Jr. or a Joe Mauer or a Harper emerge in the draft. But when they do, those players can be undervalued under the current system. If Harper had been available in last year’s draft, by rule he could not have gotten more than what the Diamondbacks had available in draft dollars, without substantial penalty to the team.

So Boras proposes a special E draft. Ask teams to submit a list of possible E talents, players they deem to be worth more than the dollars allotted to the top slot in the draft. Any player listed by 15 or more teams as being one of those elite talents would become eligible for a special E draft. “You let the industry decide who those players are in a given year,” Boras said.

Griffey, Harper and Strasburg certainly would’ve been in that category. Some years, there might be four or five, Boras explained, some years there might be only one or two. For as many players who are selected for the E draft, there would be a matching number of teams eligible to participate, according to which clubs finished at the bottom of the standings.

Here’s the catch: Under Boras’ proposed system, in order for a team to participate in the special E draft, it would have to win at least 68 games, a threshold that, according to Boras, distinguishes teams that are simply bad from those that are tanking and trying to lose. This would provide incentive to bad teams to do as much as possible to win down the stretch, and eliminate a lot of the incentive for teams to tank seasons.

For example, let’s say there were four players deemed worthy of the special E draft in 2016. The four teams participating could bid openly on those four players, with the option of trading their picks, selling their picks, etc., to ensure they would receive proper value. Each of the teams participating in the E draft would be assured of one player, either to sign or trade or sell.

The system also would ensure that the very best players eligible for the amateur draft would be paid like the players from Cuba and other countries are paid, with offers that reflected their actual value to clubs. Boras believes that this would help attract the best athletes in the U.S. and Canada who might otherwise play other sports.

After the players were selected in the E draft, the remaining players would be eligible for the standard draft process, with the worst teams picking first.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 10:07 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, scott boras

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Scott Boras On Free Agency, Davis, Span, CBA - MLB Trade Rumors

My favorite part of the interview was when Boras said Davis was a option at third base, which, if I am remembering correctly, produced a chuckle from one of the hosts.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: scott boras

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Marlins Feud With Agent Scott Boras Over Ozuna, Fernandez - The New York Times

Shocking!! Click through to the article to read more.

An exchange of barbs began with Boras criticizing the Marlins for demoting Ozuna to Triple-A last season when he was in a 1-for-36 slump. The comments brought an angry response from Samson.

“My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his 5 percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team,” Samson said. “Then he would have the opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to do. Until that time, he is in no position to comment how any Major League Baseball team is operated.”

Boras, speaking at the general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, questioned the Marlins’ motivation for sending Ozuna to the minors. The lost service time prevented Ozuna from becoming eligible for salary arbitration this offseason.

“He’s a lifetime .265 hitter, and I can find you 30 players in the major leagues that went 1 for 36 some time in their career, and they did not get sent to the minor leagues,” Boras said. “When you do those things, it sends a message to players, sends a message to the locker room and sends a message to everyone that looks at the organization that there is a calculus going on that is beyond performance.”

Samson responded: “Every decision we make is based on the best interests of the team, and always has been.”

Ozuna is believed to be on the trading block.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, scott boras

Scott Boras says Harvey’s innings limit was misunderstanding - NY Daily News

Misstep, misunderstanding. Tomato,  tomahto.

It was all a big “misunderstanding.”

Uber agent Scott Boras, who started a firestorm in September over Matt Harvey’s innings limit, threatening that the Mets would be putting the right-hander in peril if he was used too much down the stretch, is now happy with the way things worked out.

“I think there was a misunderstanding,” said Boras, who made his annual appearance at the GM Meetings on Wednesday. “Matt never, ever said anything about not throwing in the playoffs. He was always going to throw in the playoffs and our plan included him throwing in the playoffs.

“We were all baseball players, we know you pitch in the playoffs,” Boras continued. “The Mets came to us and Dr. (James) Andrews with a plan to pitch in the playoffs, it was executed and turned out well. “

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

 

 

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