Two words sum it up: Scott Boras, whose photo is to the right. I’m not trying to say anything bad about him, but…. it’s all his fault. See, Scott Boras has some of the best free agents in baseball in his stable and there are two major factors:
- Boras is asking the moon for some of his clients; and
- He has swindled many a GM in the past.
It is rumored that he is asking north of $200 million for Jake Arrietta and JD Martinez – I believe that both will get closer to $100 million than $200 million. Scot Boras is a Master Salesman – he bring all the supporting documents, metrics and methodically puts on a sales pitch like a commissioned water treatment salesman at the kitchen sink with a seductive sales pitch!
You only have to look back and see how Boras boondoggled teams in the past. Case-in-point: Prince Fielder was a horrid runner and an ever worse fileder, but Boras convinced Mike Ilitch to pay $214 million for him, preying upon Ilitch’s desire to win a World Series before he died.
JD Martinez is also a horrid fielder, but Boras wants $200 million? Arrietta is clearly on the down-side of his career and Boras wants $200 million. IT AIN’T HAPPENING! He also controls Eric Hosmer. Those three free agents are the TOP ones and will set the market. It’s unlikely that any big names, including Yelich will move until that market is set. This also impacts the trade market as GM wait and see where the pieces fall.
Right now, Borasss is waiting to see who blinks first. I have read on other boards where fans are calling for Andrew Friedman’s head due to his failure to get Giancarlo Stanton or sign any other expensive Free Agents. These fans have their heads where the sun don’t shine, because when a teams signs a big name free agent to a big time contract, it almost always ends badly! It’s the path to losing… not winning!
- Carl Crawfish
- Prince Fielder
- Pablo Sandoval
- Josh Hamilton
- Barry Zito
- Albery Pujols
- David Price
- Zack Greinke
- Johnny Cueto
- Chris Davis
- … there’s more.
I don’t understand fans who want to make these big free agent signings. It almost always ends badly. It’s truly insanity to do the same thing over-and-over and expect different results. I am fine without Stanton, Arietta, Martinez and Darvish. I hear that the Astros are close to getting Gerrit Cole. OK, but I am fine with the team the Dodgers have. Christain Yelich makes so much more sense tha Giancarlo Stanton but the Marlins are trying to get a King’s Ranson for him. I’d love to see him in Blue… but first, someone has to blink!
Something to Consider
What if Walker Buehler is Lights Out in the Spring? He’s another year removed from TJ. I can see him pitching 150 innings. I can also see him making the team out of Spring Training. I’m not saying he will – I am saying he can! That’s a game-changer!