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How Scott Borras looks at cubs, defines ‘smart spending’

How Scott Borras looks at cubs, defines ‘smart spending’

How Scott Borras looks at the Cubs, defines ‘smart spending’ that originally appeared on NBC Sports in Chicago

LAS VEGAS – Like it or not, a lot of the Cubs this winter need to go to Agent Scott Borras and the last star-studded stable of players – whether it’s first shorts Carlos Correa and Xander Bogarts, first baseman Josh Bell or even, maybe just , left-handed writer Carlos Rodon.

“The market for free agents is very much a carnivore market,” the senior agent said Wednesday as he opened his annual briefing session at the General Managers’ Meetings in Las Vegas.

“There are many grades available for owner’s menus, and I think those grades tend to be more for filet mignon and wagyu than for hamburgers and vegetarian,” he said. “Different than what we usually see. Our game is very healthy.”

This shows in the aggressive stances that he said several teams appeared to have initial discussions this week about his clients (although teams are not allowed to talk about money with free agents until after Thursday’s playoff deadline).

On Wednesday, sources said that these teams may even include the Cubs, who met with Boras and his senior staff on Tuesday evening at the Conrad Hotel and resorted to discussing several players, including both players.

“I think the Cubs are ready to begin the real form of the rebuilding process at the major league level,” said Boras, who did not discuss specifics about the talks with any team. “I think they feel that their minor league system is in a place right now where they need several major leagues to allow them to build that platform for their success.”

He sure has players coming into good seasons in every area the Cubs need, including left batting center Brandon Nemo – who might quickly outgrow the Cubs’ appetites, no matter how much they eat this winter as he comes into a career year as a captain. Big pay day.

Asked if he was a carnivore, Cubs president Jed Hoyer smiled and turned to the other reporters nearby: “Next.”

Hoyer confirmed that he “fully” intends to form a competitive team next year, and team officials have said that the salary budget will be higher in 2023, leaving plenty of flexibility for the Cubs to make the transition — even as Hoyer engages in “smart spending” with an eye on the image. long term.

“It feels good to be flexible, but we also have a lot of gaps to fill, and hopefully over time many of them will be filled internally,” Hoyer said.

Regardless of what that means for their ability – or their appetite – to go after so many top-tier players, they are one of the more cash-ready teams trying to make it to one of the exceptional class short stopping points that also include Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson.

Last year, the Cubs made two contracts with a meat-free agent: Japanese right-hander Seiya Suzuki (five years, $99.6 million, including $14.6 million in publishing fees), and first bowler Marcus Stroman (three years, $71 million).

Sources say the Cubs kicked tires on both Bell and Nimmo, as well as the two Boras Corp. , during Tuesday’s meeting — just one of many meetings Cubs has had with agents this week to explore the markets for quarterbacks, pitchers and quarterbacks. And the first men of Al Qaeda (and the left-wing hitters wherever they are found within those topical needs).

At this point, the Cubs are not expected to go after Rodon, who may end up in Texas, after buying a home in the Dallas area recently and given what many expect it will be another aggressive approach to winter by the Rangers after hiring a four-time exit championship manager. The world of Bruce Bushey from retirement.

Among the clients the Cubs met this week is Joel Wolff, who represents both Seiya Suzuki, and rookie free agent Koudai Senga — who Wolff said has already been recruited by Suzuki.

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It all points to a robust and active approach to exploring the deep end of the free agent markets for the Cubs’ multiple needs, if not the full actual pursuit of some big name as things get more serious in the next month or two.

This is where more definition may finally be thrown at Hoyer’s concept of “smart spending” – which Boras is no more certain than anyone else close to Hoyer these days.

“Far from me defining intelligence,” Boras said when asked about the term Hoyer.

“I would say intelligence in baseball is a measure of probability,” he added, explaining the case for spending to reach the playoffs in an expanding field that now includes the top 40 percent of the league.

“Obviously the Cubs have a lot to do to get to that 40 percent,” Boras said. “There are a number of teams that are far ahead of them at the moment. But we also know that by the end of this free agent market, they can hook up with this group quite easily.”

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