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What is Scott Boras Talking About?

January 9, 2009

“What you hear and what is reality,” Scott Boras, speaking with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on his mid-day radio show, Mike’d Up, earlier in the week, “or what are printed as offers, in fact, what we consider as offers, may be very different that what you see or hear that is written.”

When most people think of the word, free agent, the first name that comes to mind is Scott Boras. If one was to sit down and list the names of players who share in his representation, it would probably take some time. With access to so many baseball players, general managers, and chief operating officers, you may think of granting Boras a pass when he’s disputing contract information that pops up on someone’s Twitter notes. But when sports writers who work for the New York Times send out detailed reports regarding free agents, you can’t help but take it seriously.

With the current state of the economy not so good, Boras must be extra cautious in projecting the right image to help his players. But for someone on a daily basis who is involved in deals that entail millions if not, hundreds of millions of dollars, that careful planning may be irrelevant.

“The state of the game is still healthy,” Boras said.

Boras knows that in his business, it’s better to stay positive. With respect to one of several lingering free agents, Oliver Perez, who the Mets have professed interest in, the strongest selling point according to Boras is that the young left-hander last season went on to produce quality starts in 13 of his last 17 games.

“There’s a solid market for him,” Boras said, alluding to Perez.

“In free agency, teams come to you, they express interest, and they get back to you. “You then examine where does this pitcher sign, it’s the musical chairs of free agency.”

“The timing of these things is something I cannot predict,” he added.

Boras’ demeanor seems better suited for that of an insurance salesman than a guy who specializes in negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for up-scale athletes. He lets his money-hungry players generate the headlines. For example, he was asked to comment in regards to one his most popular clients, Manny Ramirez.

Prior to last year’s pennant races, Ramirez wanted out of Boston so badly that he publicly demanded a trade. He even went so far as to hold up a homemade sign while sitting in the dugout for the entire baseball world to see that read, “Trade Me.” Most commentators coughed it up as “Manny being Manny.” However, Francesa bluntly replied, “That was pretty ugly”, referring to the Manny Ramirez situation.

On Boras’ end, it instantly went silent. “I don’t know if you want to comment on that,” added Mike. Boras gained his composure and confidently began to speak of how Joe Torre, the manager of the Dodgers, boasted of Ramirez’ leadership qualities and added that he is a “player who can generate self-revenue and take a team on his back.”

Boras relayed that a top priority regarding which franchise is best for his client would come down to a team possessing a good vision of “winning currently.” This was the key breaking point in completing the blockbuster deal for the New York Yankees new first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

As reports continue to re-surface with details of on-going discussions between the New York Mets and veteran right hander Derek Lowe, who is another of Boras’ clients, we will have to trust our instincts as to what is factual and what is circumspect.