Boras in full shyster mode. 22 comments


As reported yesterday, Bryce Harper turned down a ten-year contract offer worth $300 million from the Washington Nationals on the last day of the season.

That was most likely leaked by his agent Scott Boras to gin up his price now. That sets the starting point.

Borsa appeared on MLB Network Radio yesterday. In vintage Boras mode, he was selling his client Bryce Harper as the most talented player to come along in the the last thirty years of baseball. With a straight face.

I can think of at least ten young hitters roughly Harper’s age (26-years-old) playing right now whose production I would choose over Harper. They are, in no particular order:

Mike Trout (27 years old).
Mookie Betts (26).
Jose Ramirez (26).
Alex Bregman (24).
Manny Machado (26, I wouldn’t want the cancer on my team but he is a better talent)
Freddie Freeman (29).
Franciso Lindor (24).
Nolan Aranado (27).
Christian Yelich (26)
Jose Altuve (28).

Of course, only one of these players above is available, and that’s Machado. So, Harper would be the second-best talent on the market.

At this point it becomes an ego thing. For the agent it’s how much can I get for my client? For the player it’s how much can I break the record contract by?

For the team that signs him, it’s how many seasons until we are regretting this contract and trying to figure out how to dump him and how much of it we are going to have to eat?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Amen and lol

    • Rowdy Yates

      Jake, know you prefer movies vs books but we discussed Dunkirk some time ago and l just finished “The MIracle of Dunkirk” by Walter Lord and it’s a very good read.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I read a ton….but I do enjoy movies more, that’s true….reading two books right now Boys of Summer. And a little at a time….a book called Meditations by Marcus Aurelias

        • Rowdy Yates

          ‘Boys of Summer’ is a great book. Can hardly imagine today a kid 12 yrs old leaving his broken home, going to school, working and basically raising himself then getting a scholarship at a school like U Washington and winning a gold medal in the the Olympics. And he was just one of the numerous great young men on that team. But 1936 isn’t 2018. We live in a different world from that generation. The same generation that grew up and won WWII.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Scary said his was the first generation to leave the next generation in worse shape……..mostly due to the change in excessive govt increase under JFK and LBJ..and the pursuit of the individual person as opposed to whats whats better for the group.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Pt 2…will look at it….did I ever tell you the cliff of Normandy and cemetery was a very memorable experience. One of the most surprising things to me about Dunkirk….the amount of people that knew nothing of it….: (

  • CrazyEd

    Harper is good when he is good, which is inconsistent. He has had a couple great years offset by years that are pretty average, or maybe slightly above. I’d love to have him on his two or three great years, but on his average ones, not so much. There’s no predicting how baseball contracts will go, but one can hope reality sets in.

    • CrazyEd

      I worded bat badly. Something like “In relation to thirty mil a years I’d love to have him on his two or three great years, but on his average ones, not so much.” Love would probably have been better said as like, but oh well.

  • CrazyEd

    I want a catcher and I want one now! There are a bunch of them on the FA market this year. The top tier would be nice, but think they are out of the Texas price range. I’d settle for Maldonado or Mathis. Both would be big improvements on defence and better pitch framers. Turning balls into strikes is a good thing.

    • dearmidol

      I wonder if they will take the same approach as with their pitching and go after the bargain basement. After all, if they’re going to be bad, just go all in.

      • CrazyEd

        There are a lot of variables in play here. How much value do they put on their minor league catchers? I know the see Trevino as a plus defensively and a slight minus with the bat. The took a quick look at him last year. What they saw, I don’t know. They have some other pieces at A+ and A that they have been speaking highly of. Whether they speak the truth or are blowing smoke, who knows. It also depends on the age of the FA catcher. If he’s on up there, maybe a one or two year deal. Catchers wear out fast. I have nothing to base this on other than a swag, but I think they have about 4 mil max to spend on a catcher. Can they get a quality one for that? I think so. Will they? I think so. If they were contending and looking for a piece to put them over the top they’d probably blow 8 to 10 mil on Grandal.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Rare year where there are a couple of catchers you can get on the cheaper side…..that being said, never understood letting RC go

          • CrazyEd

            He was a great club house person, but his salary, with incentives, would have been around 4.7 mil. He was rated near the bottom as a defensive catcher (I don’t remember the exact number, but it was in the low 30’s of the 30 some evaluated). Personally, I don’t think he was that bad, but there’s a lot I don’t know. I’d have kept him around just for his club house presence. Whether that would have been worth 4.7 mil, probably not.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep…..would’ve kept him for a insurance policy at least

      • calntom

        I think they pretty much went all in last year. They are already there for 2019. Should be a good developmental year and we will see some rooks on the hill throughout the season and even more after the break and deadline.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hard to believe Trout is only 27 yrs old. If he retired today I think he’d be going into Cooperstown with Adrian Beltre.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not yet….but worth the price of admission

  • Tony Howell

    Looking at the mlb payroll last year league average was 140 mil the year before about the same. Rangers were around the 140 last year and up to 163 year before. So the average holds maybe 140-145 this yr ?. Right now they have the rangers at 83 mill, (still have Hamals 6 mill listed) are they going to continue to play at league avg or a little above. If they play up to the same as the last few years that’s 60 mill. That’s easily a catcher and two good pitchers.

    • JacobMcCandles

      They are saving for the new stadium….should invest in young players with yrs of control….apparently are keeping Fister another yr…so Minor,Smyly.Jurado,Fister….add a couple of studs and Maldonado behind the plate……one bat and they could sniff .500

      • calntom

        Do not think there will be any .500 sniffage no matter who they sign.

        • dearmidol

          It will be interesting to see how this core group of hitters performs next year. Because in 2018 they were more hype than production.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Trying to be a tad optimistic🍺😎