Scott Borras stands trial at MLB GM meetings, says 2022 free agency is ‘carnivore market’
LAS VEGAS – It’s the annual rite of passage at the annual general manager meetings of Major League Baseball.
You have agents scattered all over the hotel lobby looking for program managers, trying to measure or sell interest to their clients. Journalists camp at various locations of the hotel, searching for any nuggets of information they can uncover from program managers.
Agent Scott Borras appears in court a day before the end of meetings with a gathering of about 100 members of the media.
Boras, who spoke for 45 Minutes on Wednesday, talked about everything from the amateur draft to caring for his clients, while dropping plenty of metaphors for comedic relief.
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Boras was just getting started, with plenty of lines of illustration for his free agent clients:
– Initially Taijuan Walker: “Taijuan is one of the few players under 30 and has 150 multiple playing seasons, so Taijuan is on an island. The only question is who would like Taijuan Walker.”
– Midfielder Brandon Nimmo: “There are a lot of teams in the free agency waters. Whatever Pixar boy is lucky to be in Finding Nimmo.”
– On Shortstop Xander Bogaerts: “Uncle Humphrey left him a message in his diary: ‘There will be a lot of teams looking at you kid.'”
– More Bogaerts: “This is the first time teams have had the chance to sign X-Man. They find it a great opportunity. … It’s kind of an X that marks the spot on the map for Sierra Madre treasures.”
– At first Carlos Rodon: “He was chosen by the thinking team. He sculpted a masterpiece. ”
– In this year’s Free Agent category: “The Free Agents Market is largely a carnivore market. The menu contains filet mignon and wagyu, and less hamburgers and vegetarian.”
– Apprentice freight forwarder Sean Manea: “Man, I, uh, need a jug like that.”
– Matthew Boyd: “It’s simply incapable of Boyd that I need a jug like that.”
– Gorkyson Provar: “Provar, very good.”
Josh Bell: He has all the bells and whistles. ”
– Michael Conforto: ‘It’s Mike’s comeback. It’s a hit of free agency’.
And so he went, with Porras looking several times at his note papers for joking, taking time to get serious as well.
The San Diego Padres are believed to be involved in negotiations this winter in a bid to sign All-Star player Juan Soto on a contract extension after obtaining it in July. Soto rejected a 15-year deal worth $440 million from the Washington Nationals before it was traded.
“I don’t think it comes down to whether or not they would do it,” Boras said. “I think the question is how do they do it. I’m sure before they traded with him, they had a lot of that in mind. ”
Soto, 24, still has two more years before he becomes eligible for free agency.
“The great thing is that he had time to acclimatise there,” Boras said. “It’s not exactly a tough market to adapt to. I think he enjoyed his time there, and he definitely enjoyed the team’s competitiveness, being in the playoffs.”
Boras, who represents Correa and Bogarts, said no team had expressed a desire to play a different role for a year before opening a short vacancy. He was mostly referring to the San Francisco Giants, who had veteran Brandon Crawford for another year in a short span.
He also criticized MLB for its application of the clock, believing that it would have serious repercussions during the post-season period.
“They need to think,” Boras said. “They need more time. It’s a different scenario than the regular season. We don’t want to speed up their performance. … You don’t want these guys to have a completely different emotional environment where the settings mean so much more.”
He rebuked the league for delaying the amateur draft by five weeks to coincide with the All-Star Game, believing it was causing injuries and preventing scouts from properly assessing next year’s class.
“This has eroded the rating system, because scouting professionals do not have the ability to assess the upcoming draft summer market,” Boras said. “They are prevented from attending the regular events they used to attend to learn about character and performance ratings.”
“We shoot better players than players who were drafted just because of the drafting cycle.”
He also fired up teams for relying too heavily on analytics.
“It’s definitely a way to improve players,” Boras said, “but the difference is that the analytics information generators don’t effectively implement the information and implement it for the player. We constantly see players talking about the fact that the focus on the standards the team provided is different from what the player used to get to the major leagues.”
Boras spoke informally after the press conference, then needed to get off. He has teams to meet. clients to contact. owners to persuade.
And yes, three weeks to craft more material for his next preventative routine for the media at the Winter Baseball Meetings beginning December 4th in San Diego.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Free MLB Agency It’s ‘Carnivores Market’ Scott Borras says at GM Meetings
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