Friday, November 17, 2017

Scott Boras, STFU!


When Scott Boras talks it seems that a lot of people around Major League Baseball, both the fans and the people directly associated with the game, tend to listen which has proven to be a great power for the super-agent over the years. The problem with some people is when they learn that they let that power and their ego go to their head and it ruins them. Now I’m not saying this has happened yet with Boras or that it will happen at all but I will say one thing, his comments on Derek Jeter and the purchase of the Miami Marlins really kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It made me want to scream, it made me want to head down to the GM Meetings and tell Boras to simply “STFU!” 

Boras was very critical of Jeter and his group of investors that purchased the Miami Marlins and their decision to slash payroll by subsequently trading away Giancarlo Stanton. Boras was quoted as saying the following in a USA Today interview from the GM meetings: 

“When you’re looking at building a market and you have an All-Star outfield with all he dynamics,’’ Boras said, “and you have a club being purchased at $1.2 billion, what happens is that you got a marketplace saying the new owners are coming in here and saying they’re making the franchise better. We’re excited. And then where we are now creating a plan where we are not going to win five or six years.

“We’re going to basically reduce our payroll. We’re going to rid our team of our substantial stars. We’re going to set up this five-, six-year plan. We basically have a system in baseball where we have sales of franchises, and we have a reduction.

“Basically the idea is to reduce the debt service to pay for the franchise by reducing all major league payroll, not being competitive, basically using the argument that we’re going to build a successful team through development.

“That has nothing to do with the fans. It has nothing to do with winning. It has nothing to do with anything other than a financial plan that suits ownership without consideration of the impact it has on Major League Baseball.’’ 


So let’s discuss this. Is Boras more worried about the fans of Miami and the fans of Major League Baseball, or is he more worried about himself and how a trade of the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich or whoever else the Marlins decide to trade could affect his clients on the free agent market this season, and how that could affect his wallet? Call me pessimistic but I am leaning towards the latter. I am leaning towards Boras knowing that he has that platform and the power to say and change things around the league during this time of the year and I think that Boras is taking full advantage of that. Who could blame him? I don’t, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I have to agree with his actions either. 

3 comments:

  1. I don't like Boras. Never have, never will. I think he's an ass. The problem is, sometimes he's right. I don't think it's a good idea for the Marlins new ownership to slash payroll as drastically as they are. It does send a bad message to the fan base. I understand why, but still don't agree. They purchased the team knowing that Loria horribly backloaded Stantons contract. It's irrelevant anyways. Stanton is going to opt out when he has the chance. Trade off some of your other assets, not the face of your franchise.

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  2. All the noise from Boras about the Marlins is just that noise.... white noise. He has a reputation as a tough agent and gets his clients very good deals but The Marlins have 3 or 4 really bad contracts on the books; Stanton, Prado, Gordon. Attendance is horrible so a complete rebuild is the smart thing to do in Miami. Once new ownership settle in the fans will return. Lets be honest Fla has two of the worst teams for attendance. Short term won't work in Miami. Trade Stanton get rid of his contract and start over.

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  3. Seems Jeter is following in the Marlins foot steps.
    I’d cut payroll but not trade Stanton.
    Scott is an ass but he is very good at what he does.

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