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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Boras (via Heyman): Drew, Kendrys ‘damaged;’ MLB disagrees but will investigate

Scott Boras, the agent for top remaining free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, came out swinging against the half dozen or so anonymous team executives and officials who negatively speculated in a recent article on the value of those two players. Boras says those unnamed executives and officials are breaking league rules in a recent article by suggesting low player values, issuing critical comments and ultimately hurting their markets.

Boras… said he intends to pursue a grievance, going so far as to urge the league to use subpoena power to unearth their identities…

Boras further says there needs to be a “remedy” for the two free agents, which could mean monetary damages or possibly relief from a two-year-old rule that cost them and a select few others free agents in the marketplace…

The CBA specifically disallows executives from publicly making comments that could deflate players’ markets, both sides agree. And MLB did recently sent out a memo reminding execs to abide by the rule, so the league isn’t suggesting the execs’ comments were appropriate….

In response to the players union statement earlier Friday calling for an investigation, MLB hinted in its statement that other reasons beyond the unnamed comments are likely behind the players’ current predicaments. However, an MLB official said the league accepted the union’s request to launch an investigation into the situation and will do so…

The players union backed Boras’ complaints and issued its own statement earlier Friday.

Union leader Tony Clark said in his statement, “I am angered that numerous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally violated our collective bargaining agreement by offering to ESPN comments about free agent values of Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. These statements undermine the free agent rights of the players and depress the market values. Today, I have called upon the Commissioner’s office to investigate immediately and thoroughly the sources of these statements and to take appropriate action to enforce our agreement.”

Since CBS apparently doesn’t realize that the Internet works because different sites are willing to link to each other, here is the article in question (ESPN Insider).

The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 05:25 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: free agents, kendrys morales, legal, scott boras, stephen drew

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   1. Jose Canusee Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:08 PM (#4685589)
nothing here. no different than unnamed sources suggesting popular FA's will get a hefty offer in an effort to pump up the market. No Barry Bonds type collusion likely for non-controversial players like these.
   2. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4685595)
The CBA specifically disallows executives from publicly making comments that could deflate players’ markets, both sides agree. And MLB did recently sent out a memo reminding execs to abide by the rule, so the league isn’t suggesting the execs’ comments were appropriate….


Yet every offseason (or trade deadline) we're treated to numerous anonymous comments from members of MLB front offices about the value of players, some of them negative.
   3. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4685601)
Tony Clark is a union flak now? Interesting.
   4. bobm Posted: April 13, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4685620)
Clark is executive director of the PA

http://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/releases/releases.jsp?content=032714
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 13, 2014 at 07:24 PM (#4685633)
Tony Clark always looked like a total stoner to me.
   6. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 13, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4685634)
Yeah, that's right Scott. Both Morales and Drew would have gotten offered the contracts you told them to expect if not for a could of nefarious rumors.
Riiiiiight.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4685637)
Yeah, that's right Scott. Both Morales and Drew would have gotten offered the contracts you told them to expect if not for a could of nefarious rumors. Riiiiiight.

I'd love to see Morales and Drew turn around and sue Boras for malpractice. I'd love to hear about the lucrative deals he no doubt advised them to turn down.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: April 13, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4685641)
I'd love to see Morales and Drew turn around and sue Boras for malpractice. I'd love to hear about the lucrative deals he no doubt advised them to turn down.


I would second that... I mean if Boras can sue a player for dropping him, why not a player suing him.
   9. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4685649)
I can't imagine a suit like that would get anywhere at all. It's ultimately up to the players to decide whether or not they want to accept a contract offer and Boras could easily point to the examples in the past of his players sitting on the market for an unusually long time and ending up with the money they were looking for.

The only case they would have is if Boras was failing to tell them about contract offers that he didn't think were high enough (something that I remember being rumored in the press years ago but nothing else ever being said about it).
   10. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4685651)
In response to the players union statement earlier Friday calling for an investigation, MLB hinted in its statement that other reasons beyond the unnamed comments are likely behind the players’ current predicaments. However, an MLB official said the league accepted the union’s request to launch an investigation into the situation and will do so…

To be sure, MLB auditing itself on any topic is about as serious as Eric Holder investigating Lois Lerner for wrongdoing.
   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:35 PM (#4685664)
I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out with some small result. MLB would certainly like teams to shut up generally about what they think free agents are worth.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:35 PM (#4685665)
nothing here.

Nothing in Randy Levine's comment that mentioned Trout either yet he's reportedly going to be fined.

Yes, a key difference here is anonymity. But I'd say the anonymous weasels are the worse lot.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4685709)
I can't imagine a suit like that would get anywhere at all. It's ultimately up to the players to decide whether or not they want to accept a contract offer and Boras could easily point to the examples in the past of his players sitting on the market for an unusually long time and ending up with the money they were looking for.


The only way a player could probably sue an agent is if he deliberately withheld an offer from the player.
(Like what Alan Eagleson did to Bobby Orr at the end of his career.)
   14. I Am Not a Number Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4685808)
How many more game of Cervelli at 1B are going to push the Yankees into seriously considering Morales?
   15. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4685816)
Nothing in Randy Levine's comment that mentioned Trout either yet he's reportedly going to be fined.


Yes but he's with the Yankees, the league won't miss an opportunity to grandstand and confiscate more of their money.
   16. TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4685855)
John Hayman writing that one (or in this case, two) of Boras' clients is unfairly wronged? I'm shocked!
   17. just plain joe Posted: April 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4685860)
How many more game of Cervelli at 1B are going to push the Yankees into seriously considering Morales?


Didn't Cervelli blow out a hamstring (or something) last night "busting" down the line to avoid the DP? He was hurt badly enough to come out of the game, which meant Carlos Beltran moving to first base. It also meant no other catcher active for the Yankees; late in the game McCann took a ball off his throwing hand and speculation was rife who would be the emergency catcher. I'm hardly a Yankee fan but why the hell do they need to carry 13 pitchers, especially at this point in the season where they have frequent off days. The shallow bench almost cost them last night.
   18. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4685889)
I'm hardly a Yankee fan but why the hell do they need to carry 13 pitchers, especially at this point in the season where they have frequent off days.


I think their first off-day of the season is today.
   19. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4685897)
I think their first off-day of the season is today.


GET OUT OF HERE WITH YOUR FACTS.
   20. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4685932)
late in the game McCann took a ball off his throwing hand and speculation was rife who would be the emergency catcher.


Dean Anna. Girardi said so. Apparently Dean Anna and Yovani Solarte will be playing 3rd, 2nd, 1st, while also backing up SS and C.
   21. just plain joe Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4686011)
Dean Anna. Girardi said so. Apparently Dean Anna and Yovani Solarte will be playing 3rd, 2nd, 1st, while also backing up SS and C.


Dean Anna sounds like the name of the Mother Superior at some girl's boarding school. At least the Yankees will be getting their money's worth out of Anna and Solarte, who does, at least, have a baseball sounding name.
   22. The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:38 PM (#4686016)
What are John Sterling's homerun calls for these mooks?

I gotta assume it's "Solar power! From Solarte!", for one.
   23. bobm Posted: April 14, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4686023)
"Anna Is on the Dean's List!"
   24. bfan Posted: April 14, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4686043)
I am not a Boras fan, but the man will aggressively use the legal system to advance the cause of his clients, and anyone on the opposite side had better be prepared to use time and resources (and spend money), or they will get their asses handed to them in that fight. When you hire Boras, you get a fighter and a darn good one. Any owner who goes in soft against him, in the desire to curry favor with later Boras' clients, is going to regret that approach.
   25. zonk Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4686060)
I am not a Boras fan, but the man will aggressively use the legal system to advance the cause of his clients, and anyone on the opposite side had better be prepared to use time and resources (and spend money), or they will get their asses handed to them in that fight. When you hire Boras, you get a fighter and a darn good one. Any owner who goes in soft against him, in the desire to curry favor with later Boras' clients, is going to regret that approach.


Maybe that was once true, but is it really any more ("a darn good one"?)

No doubt, Boras employs everything at his disposal to get top dollar... but there was also the Beltre (?) contract issue (that clause around future earnings if you ever choose different representation) that was pretty sneaky/underhanded and Boras has had several rather high profile contractual flops of late.

I wonder if the luster had worn off Boras to some extent as the guy to get you top dollar... especially if you're not a premium player.

I suppose that if I were a truly elite talent looking for my mother of all paydays -- Scott Boras might still be my top choice... but I think that if I'm just a solid regular or even run-of-the-mill 'star', I'm not so sure he's my guy anymore.... if he ever was for that sort of player.

   26. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: April 14, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4686082)
No doubt, Boras employs everything at his disposal to get top dollar... but there was also the Beltre (?) contract issue (that clause around future earnings if you ever choose different representation) that was pretty sneaky/underhanded and Boras has had several rather high profile contractual flops of late.

1: It was Beltran

2: He's never been invincible, he's never been perfect, he's had setbacks before, but he's always come back, no reason to think he won't turn this apparent losing streak around.
   27. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4686130)
Boras never should have had Scherzer turn down 6/144. That was flat out absurd.
   28. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: April 14, 2014 at 07:04 PM (#4686170)
Boras never should have had Scherzer turn down 6/144. That was flat out absurd.

Scherzer is a very good pitcher, but his 21-3 mark in no way reflects his ability- he's not an "elite-elite" pitcher - he was no better than Chris Sale last year (Max got 5.64 r/g, Chris got 3.22)- but Sales pitches that well every year-
Scherzer had the same peripherals he had in 2012- but his BABIP was 75 points lower (It was high in 2012, low in 2013, his career mark is in between, he settles there with the same peripherals and we're likely talking about a 125ish ERA+ pitcher -
Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Matt Harrison, Cole Hamels, maybe Price some others...

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