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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dodd: Scott Boras says “The system has failed” Mike Moustakas – The Athletic

The “system” or his agent?

Moustakas is a good player. He’s not a great player. He’s also the type of player who has lost value…slow, mediocre fielders with one above-average tool (a tool that is plentiful in the market). Boras should have gotten him signed earlier.

Boras, his agent, had misjudged the market. Moustakas lost nearly $10 million in the process in 2018. Yet as Boras, Moustakas and Moore gathered for a group media session on Saturday morning, Boras questioned the “integrity” of the current system, mentioning “intervening factors” that had mucked up his client’s market.

Because Moustakas had declined a qualifying offer, potential suitors risked losing a draft pick to sign him. Because clubs such as the New York Yankees were publicly concerned about the implications of the game’s luxury tax, Moustakas was not a priority. And because Moustakas was content to wait out the market in November and December, he was left with few options.

Reports this week indicated that Moustakas turned down a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Angels that would have paid him close to $45 million. The Angels, however, pushed back against that notion on Saturday, a source telling ESPN’s Buster Olney that “they never made a three-year, $45 million offer.”

“Things intervene,” Boras said, “and it’s become something other than the best players playing baseball at the highest level for the best teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mike moustakas, pay site, royals, scott boras, the athletic

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Latest on Arrieta, Moustakas, Holland

It will be interesting to see if he can pull a rabbit out of his butt on these guys.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2018 at 10:02 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, scott boras

Monday, January 29, 2018

Agent Scott Boras wants change: ‘Non-competitive cancer’ ruining baseball

This is a stupid idea. The MLBPA helped make young players even cheaper than they were. It then went along with increased penalties and low thresholds for Luxury Taxes. It shouldn’t be shocking that smarter front offices figured out they’d be better off playing more young, cheap players instead of older, more expensive ones.

Boras has proposed draft bonuses for winning games. If a small-market team wins at least 78 games, it receives $2 million more to spend in the draft while the other teams get $1 million. It doubles if you win 80 games, with $2 million increments for every two victories, providing an extra $10 million in draft dollars to small-market clubs, and $5 million to large-market clubs, who win at least 86 games in a season.

“It enhances the game, rewards competition,’’ Boras says, “and still allows teams to also invest in the future. It will end all of these excuses not to compete.

“Then, we can have true competitive balance.’’

And hope and faith.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 11:18 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, scott boras

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A frozen market has Scott Boras talking . . . but not to the right people – The Athletic

It’s all about integrity.

“I do my job. I care for my clients. I am spending every waking hour trying to bring attention to owners so they act with integrity,” Boras says. “Certainly I want them to sign my clients. But I’m trying to get them to act with integrity. Winning is the cement of baseball integrity.”

“We kicked people out of the game when they tried to not win,” Boras continued, referring to the Black Sox scandal, in which baseball banned eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox after they were accused of intentionally losing the World Series. “We have to get rid of the non-competitive cancer. We can’t go to our fan bases and sell the promise of losing to win later. That is destructive to our sport because it has removed one-third of the competition.”

Boras cites 10 teams with payrolls currently projected to be $110 million or less — the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals; Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics; Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays. An 11th club, the Atlanta Braves, projects to more than $110 million only because it is paying virtually all of Adrian Gonzalez’s $22 million salary with the New York Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2018 at 06:43 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, pay site, scott boras

Monday, January 22, 2018

Is Scott Boras Working on Another End-Around? | FanGraphs Baseball

The greater question might be: how long is this a viable tactic for an agent?

At some point, I suspect, front-office executives will advise their bosses (club owners) — or already have — about this page from the agent playbook and note how it worked out with Fielder, Pujols, and Wieters. But the play might still be working for now, and agents certainly would have a motivation to employ it with so many players still looking for work with less than a month before camps open.

With logic and reason winning out thus far this offseason, it might be time to appeal to emotion and the owner’s suite.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, padres, scott boras

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Inside Baseball | Scott Boras Weighs In On Slow Market

Boras has an expensive computer. OK, then, I’m convinced.

Boras doesn’t ever mention the “C” word but rather says there has to be some sort of “interference” that’s caused the market to halt. He speculates it’s about the analytically-driven, like-minded decision-makers who are using numbers to suggest that the longer deals for older players aren’t working. To that, Boras says, come see my computer. He has a very expensive one, and human computers on a near-100-person staff that suggest otherwise.

According to Boras, players who signed a six-year deal from 1998-2013 have averaged nearly 3.0 WAR per year (2.98), while players who signed three- or four-year deals from 2009-15 have averaged less than half that – 1.4 WAR. The players who signed the long deals also have averaged an .845 OPS while the position players on shorter-term deals have averaged a .750 OPS. Slightly different years were used, but you have to go back a little longer on six-year deals since you need longer lengths to get fair averages, and he’s including some non-free agents, which means a few long-term guys in his research were a bit younger (Joey Votto, for example). However, Boras has numbers that suggest over-30 players are still key contributors, as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, scott boras

Friday, January 05, 2018

Rosenthal: Boras faces a tough market (or does he?); Darvish can do better; Brewers interested in Cain; more notes – The Athletic

“We’ve got more than 100 employees,” Boras told The Athletic on Wednesday night. “We’re in constant contact with every team every five to seven days. We’ve got over 30 people working on free agency year-round.

“The majority of our work has been completed. This is just a narrowing of negotiations for a number of players in the process. We’ve had this number of free agents and more in past years. And we have over double the number of employees of any agency in baseball.”

Boras is correct—this is not the first time he has represented a large number of high-profile free agents. His 2004-5 class was particularly star-studded, featuring Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe, Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre, Magglio Ordonez and J.D. Drew. Of that group, only Beltre signed before Jan. 6.

Beyond Hosmer, Martinez and Arrieta, Boras’ class this off-season includes third baseman Mike Moustakas and closer Greg Holland, as well as outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez, designated hitter Matt Holliday and left-handed reliever Tony Watson.

Every winter, rival agents eagerly await Boras’ comeuppance, anticipating he will negotiate at least one disappointing contract, whispering, “this is the year he gets caught.” Occasionally, it happens. More often, especially with star players, it does not. This off-season, though, represents a particular challenge.

Even with the sport awash in revenue, including a reported, one-time $50 million payout to each club from the Disney purchase of BAMTech, many teams seem disinclined to spend. Boras might need to “settle” for suboptimal deals with certain clients—Moustakas’ market, for example, is particularly unclear. But the agent is not going to concede with any player on Jan. 4.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, pay site, scott boras

 

 

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