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Scott Boras makes sales pitch to Toronto Blue Jays on The Fan 590

Earlier this morning, baseball super agent Scott Boras spoke with host Jeff Blair on The Fan 590 to help explain his recent comments about the Toronto Blue Jays. Full audio can be found here.

I promised earlier today we wouldn’t be writing anything further about Boras’ comments but much like the Blue Jays organization, I’ve since changed my mind.

First of all, Boras clarified that he wasn’t necessarily calling the club’s owner Rogers “cheap” but rather they have a “rare opportunity” to improve without sacrificing a first round pick. He calls them “one of the top seven or eight franchises in baseball” but then takes a light jab when he says they “should create, annually, one of the top competitive teams in the game”, which is something the Blue Jays have clearly not been able to do.

He adds “what I was talking about corporate stop sign, was that you don’t look at your annual payroll when you have this opportunity” and hints the hole at second base should be filled through free agency and should also go out and get a right-handed bat. Shockingly, he mentions his own clients and says “a great hitter like a Kendrys Morales or a great player like Stephen Drew” could be added by the Blue Jays due to the team’s lack of long-term financial commitments.

When asked if Drew would play second base, Boras said “he would play second base if a club came and made the position a long-term one for him.” He says that the Blue Jays are one of the teams that are “attractive” to his clients and says his statement was “complimentary” about the position the Jays are in. He wraps up by telling us the Blue Jays should spend some of their money now and he’s okay with being creative to make it happen.

Out of the two, Drew is the much better fit for Toronto but Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos recently said he’s looking for a “long-term answer” at the position, which would ideally be a younger player possibly acquired through the trade market. I think everyone was expecting the Blue Jays to spend more than they did this winter but I think it’s highly unlikely they will choose to use any remaining funds on a Scott Boras client.

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  • Andrew van Laar

    Lol that interview made me laugh. I honestly think that was one of the unintentionally funny interviews I ever heard on a the Fan. You can tell Boras is just trying to save his butt. The last few years his clients have not gotten the deals they wanted and I think they will be looking to leave him if Morales and Drew don’t get deals too.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      haha i know it was great eh? i was dying by the time it was over

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  • Jeremy Russell

    Boras isnt making a sale pitch towards the Jays, he can contact AA if he wants to do that, he is making a sales pitch towards Jays fans in the hope they pressure the team to do something.

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  • SM

    I think Boras made sense there. Despite all the stigma attached to his name he did Madge some valid points. Why not fill in the holes while it doesn’t cost a first round draft pick?

  • Rui Hanazawa

    Had Boris not mentioned his own clients names, I would say his points would not be self serving. He’s definitely not making a sales pitch to AA, he’s already done that behind closed doors. I do believe he is making one to the fans as well as Rogers, who might not be in the full loop here. Everything Boris says about the Jays opportunity is very true. The only problem is that he has nothing for us in value that would justify us in making a deal with him. Had we follow his game plan, all the fans here would point our fingers to AA as to why we need more bats when we need more arms. Trade Lind for a quality starter? Wishful thinking, no club is going to trade a top arm for just
    Lind without adding Stroman and Sanchez in the mix.
    The very reason why we are in such a commanding control is due to AA short term contract signings along with an unsigned prospect. How often does this happen to TO? Rarely and we are just seeing the benefits of AA’s stingy but gamble free long term flexibility with our club.
    Someone told me to dream on about Max Scherzer joining the Jays. If he doesn’t sign with Detroit, I’m sure by next year, Boris will have have more say and AA less reasonings to not make a strong effort to sign that stud. AA is playing Moneyball but at least he has the financial flexibility if he chooses to spend. I rather GM the Jays than Oakland knowing I don’t have to dream if I need to overspend one or two top agents to fill in the missing pieces, especially by next year. AA is not going to stand pat next year, count on it.

  • Rod Pasic

    I listened to the Interview. Yes he’s trying to do his job. Yes he’s very bright, knows how to summon relevant numbers to make his point clearly, but throwing our General Manager and our Organization under the bus doesn’t work. It’s gauche, bad form and will not go over very well with Jays upper brass. the Jays are no stranger to Boras. This man almost never makes himself available to the media as readily as he did yesterday unless there is a clear cut self-serving-in this case butt saving agenda. He spoke to The Fan and later in the day to TSN out of desperation! I’m not saying he’s wrong but his tact is offside. He’s no longer the regal Lion at the top of the hill. Very soon his tail will be humbly curled between his legs and he’ll make his way into the sunset having made his mark. Good Luck Scott and Go Jays! Alex this is your year!

  • Gary Kimbrel

    Man that guy can sweet talk. Completely rearranges the situation to suit him.

    So, in his appeal to the fans in hopes that we’ll place pressure on the club, his main point is that the club will increase its draft capital by signing qualified players this year. We don’t give up first round picks this year, but when the contracts are over, we offer qualifying offers and receive first round picks when the players sign elsewhere. Here’s the rub. If Kendrys Morales were to receive a qualifying offer worth around 14MM again, would he turn it down? Would Boras advise him to turn it down? Not a chance.

    If a player like Morales had a good year or two, and he really believed he could get a better deal on the open market, and so turned down a QO, there’s no guarantee he’ll sign with a team who would give up a first rounder. He could sign with someone who has a protected pick, and we’d gain a lower pick, which we gave up in the first place, so nothing is gained. By the time this all could happen, the CBA could be renegotiated with no more QO system, so we’d gain nothing.

    He speaks of his clients like they’re the top echelon of players, but they’re only the top echelon of this years FA class and he knows it. He gave bad advice, now he’s desperate and if he wants his players to sign soon, the price has to drop.

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