Gammons On Ellsbury, Varitek, Beltre

Peter Gammons made his regular appearance on WEEI's The Big Show on Friday afternoon to chat about the Red Sox. Nick Bove has the full transcript, but here are the highlights…

  • Gammons notes that Jacoby Ellsbury's rib injuries are coming at a bad time, because he's in line for his first arbitration payday after the season. "He’s got Scott Boras in his ear, telling him what he’s going to make. If he were jaking it, that makes no sense. It’s just the opposite, in fact. This is really important for him to play." Ellsbury has played in just three of the team's last 44 games, and there's no timetable for his return.
  • Boras was on board with Ellsbury's move to left field because he wouldn't have to run as much, which would help boost his offensive production and improve his arbitration case. He cited Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson as examples.
  • Gammons believes Jason Varitek figured out that he could extend his career by three or four years by accepting a part-time role and playing two or three times a week.
  • Adrian Beltre is hitting .342/.371/.511, and Gammons says that Boras played the market perfectly by getting him a one year deal that will allow him to go back out on the market with improved stock after the season.

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10 Comments on "Gammons On Ellsbury, Varitek, Beltre"

5 years 2 months ago

Let’s see how perfectly Boras played the market when Beltre’s .387 BABIP comes back to earth. Didnt he turn down 30m from the A’s? The dude has a career .320 OBP, he didn’t become a great hitter overnight.

5 years 2 months ago

certainly he can’t keep up that BABIP and will come down to earth, but his peripherals all look much more like 2007-2008 Beltre than they do like 2009 Beltre, and that’s quite a difference in value

5 years 2 months ago

Beltre has a player option that can reach 10MM with 640 PA’s, which would be somewhat difficult but not impossible for him to do. Either way if he feels he’ll get less that 1/5MM then he might as well pick up his player option.

5 years 2 months ago

Ellsbury is just like Bonds and Henderson. He’s a man who runs fast and… um… doesn’t conduct photosynthesis?

5 years 2 months ago

Yeah. No kidding. Bor-ass’s comparisons are always good for a few laughs. Carl Crawford and Scot Podsednik come to mind as more realistic but more underwhelming comparisons. But hey, maybe Boras will get a front office to pay Ellsbury as if he were Rickey Henderson. It only takes one.

5 years 2 months ago

Boras always thinks his clients deserve top dollar. recall he thought that Varitek could get 4/48-52M after the 2008 season, simply because the NYY has just given Posada 4/52M and Varitek was coming off of the worst season of his career.

The man lives in some kind of fantasy land when it comes to his clients and the worth of them. The losers of late has been middle tier FA’s on down with him as an agent and his absurd demands that will not drop until the open jobs are filled.

5 years 2 months ago

You really think he believes in his comparisons? You are living in a fantasy land.

The man is a terrific agent, an unparalleled negotiator. That’s what the comparisons are about.

5 years 2 months ago

Just be glad he didn’t compare him to Albert Pujols.

5 years 2 months ago

This sounds similar to when Boras was comparing Rick Ankiel to being a combination of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, or whatever non-sense he was spouting last off-season.

5 years 2 months ago

If he stays healthy he will make it to 640 plate appearances. There is no way around it. Boras will be chirping in his ear telling him he deserves double what chone figgins got from the Mariners. He will test free agency, not come close to doubling figgins and sign for two or three years 9 to 11 millions. Still more than 1 year and 10 million but not close to what the “super agent” thought. Doesn’t this happen every year to a boras client?