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Monday, March 26, 2018

Rosenthal: Why Altuve’s deal makes sense; Boras gives his side; stop worrying about Ohtani; more notes – The Athletic

Glad to see Robothal back on the beat.

*Will Boras adjust his frequent strategy of waiting out the market in future off-seasons after the practice appeared to backfire with some of his 2017-18 free agents?

I had not even finished the question when Boras started to answer.

“Everyone talks to me about waiting. I’m talking about offers. We didn’t get any offers on these players until February. There was no waiting. There were no offers made. The clubs all waited to begin this process until mid-February.”

Is that because clubs perceived Boras’ “asks” to be high?

“We never ever said anything about $200 million for Jake Arrieta or J.D. Martinez. Go find the quote,” Boras said. “There were all these things being put out there and they were all media-generated and all false. We never asked anywhere near that for any of those players, never even discussed it.”

Often in these matters, we are talking semantics. For example, one executive said a club would not have offered Mike Moustakas say, $40 million, if it believed Boras’ expectation for the free-agent third baseman was $80 million to $90 million, regardless of whether the agent explicitly communicated those numbers. Clubs do not want to waste their time and energy pursuing exercises in futility, and thus Boras is left without offers, the way the executive described it.

More good stuff at the link.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 07:01 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 26, 2018 at 03:43 PM (#5643311)
Probably some truth to both sides. But the exec doesn't explain how all teams decided (a) that Boras expected $80 and (b) that Moose wasn't worth anything even close enough to $80 to make an offer. Not to mention why nobody rocked up in mid-Feb with a 3/$40 offer. But I'm reasonably certain Boras understands enough about modern telephone communications that he can call teams with an offer rather than twiddle his thumbs until mid-Feb.

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