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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Scott Boras says Mets ‘need more astronauts’

Guess they could always bring Jose Jimenez into camp…

Meeting with a pack of reporters in the lobby of the resort hotel, Boras suddenly became the Prince of Puns when asked about the Mets.

“The Mets are like NASA,” the high-powered agent said. “They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They’ve got one guy with the Wright Stuff and a lot of Arm-strongs but they need more astronauts.

Boras, of course, was referring to third baseman David Wright, the franchise cornerstone and young right-handed starters Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Harvey, a Boras client, will miss next season, though, after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last month.

The Mets have had five losing seasons, including consecutive 74-88 seasons. Despite playing in the largest market in the country, they again will not big players in the free agent market this winter as the franchise is still recovering from the fortune owner Fred Wilpon lost in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

The Mets’ projected outfield, at the moment, is Eric Young Jr. in left field, Juan Lagares in center and Lucas Duda in right. Yet the Boras said the Mets have not expressed in signing two of his clients who are among the top astronauts, er, outfielders on the open market in Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo.

...Mets general manager Sandy Alderson took Boras’ remarks in stride and even jokingly said he was going to meet with an undisclosed free agent for a “Sonic burger.”

“I’ll just say I’m not sure Scott has his intergalactic analogies completely correct or even if I understand what he meant,” Alderson said with a smile.

Repoz Posted: November 14, 2013 at 07:55 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon B. Posted: November 14, 2013 at 08:26 AM (#4599893)
The New York Mets: obviously a major malfunction.
   2. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: November 14, 2013 at 08:35 AM (#4599896)
Houston Astros, we have a problem.
   3. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: November 14, 2013 at 08:49 AM (#4599900)
The Mets’ projected outfield, at the moment, is Eric Young Jr. in left field, Juan Lagares in center and Lucas Duda in right. Yet the Boras said the Mets have not expressed in signing two of his clients who are among the top astronauts, er, outfielders on the open market in Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo.

As was the case with the race to space in 1957, the Mets will soon let us know that they again came in second in the pursuit of both free agents.
   4. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:07 AM (#4599905)
I though astronaut seeking was The National way.

   5. Barnaby Jones Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:19 AM (#4599906)
They’ve got one guy with the Wright Stuff and a lot of Arm-strongs but they need more astronauts.


This is painful. I am in physical pain.
   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4599908)
Come on, Duda, don't Boras with these galactic sales pitches.
   7. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4599912)
Houston Astros, we have a problem.


Heck, the Astros would be happy to acquire Scott Carpenter and a payload specialist to be named later.
   8. TerpNats Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:43 AM (#4599918)
Heck, maybe the Mets will succeed the Nats as spring training tenants at Space Coast Stadium. Ah, beautiful Viera.
   9. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:43 AM (#4599919)
"And here we have Early Wynn"

"Gus. Nobody calls me by that...other name."

"Gus? We can't have a starting pitcher named Gus. What's you middle name?"

"Don't have one."

<long pause>

"OK...you can be Gus."
   10. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4599923)
“The Mets are like NASA,” the high-powered agent said. “They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They’ve got one guy with the Wright Stuff and a lot of Arm-strongs but they need more astronauts.

There's no sound in outer space, Boras, so no one can hear you.
   11. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: November 14, 2013 at 09:49 AM (#4599924)
I would love to see the Mets sign astronauts. David Wright, Daniel Murphy and a couple of NASA colonels as the Mets infield would be highly enjoyable.
   12. John DiFool2 Posted: November 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM (#4599942)
God is an Astronaut...
   13. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: November 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4599954)
The Yankees, of course, need Ancient Astronauts.
   14. asinwreck Posted: November 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM (#4599970)
Bill Lee is available.
   15. Chris Fluit Posted: November 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM (#4599985)
#14 wins the thread.
   16. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: November 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM (#4600094)
Ah, beautiful Viera.


The Panera there was how Barry Savalaga got his start as a travel writer for the Washington Post in 2005!
   17. The District Attorney Posted: November 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4600117)
Sandy Alderson, via Newsday:
"We've been in that stratosphere once recently with David Wright," Alderson said. "I think those were special circumstances. I think it would be difficult to duplicate that again, not from a financial standpoint, just in terms of team-building. I think it's difficult to concentrate those kinds of resources in very few players. It's not really the way you build a quality, sustainable winning team."

In case anyone didn't get the message, Alderson paused for a moment, then added, "I think that's a probably not."
When asked Monday what he has accomplished, he began his media briefing with the type of opening monologue we've grown used to.

"Well, I was upstairs stacking our money," Alderson said before adding, "Don't get excited -- they were all fives."
Hardy har har. Anyways, Boras is barking up the wrong tree here. Umm, space tree.

I guess Boras is hoping for this sort of scenario:
Homer: Well, I really should discuss this with my wife.
Salesman: Your wife? [cracks an imaginary whip]
Homer: What, you think I'm going to buy a $20,000 truck just because you make that noise?
Salesman: [does it again] [and again] [and again]
Homer: I'll take it!
   18. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: November 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM (#4600127)
This is painful. I am in physical pain.


This.
   19. The District Attorney Posted: November 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM (#4600698)
"Too many Urkels on your team, that's why your wins low," Boras added.
   20. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: November 15, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4601060)
They’ve got one guy with the Wright Stuff and a lot of Arm-strongs but they need more astronauts.


"Next summer...FAILURE is the ONLY option! Your 2014 New York METS...!"

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