Boras: Drew/Morales “Damaged” By Comments In ESPN Story

Scott Boras, the agent for unsigned free agents Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales, claims his clients have been "damaged" by comments from the anonymous executives quoted in a recent ESPN story, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Boras' remarks come two days after the MLBPA requested the Commissioner's Office to investigate those comments made to ESPN's Buster Olney, which appeared in a column he penned Wednesday.

"It's a clear violation of the CBA," Boras told Heyman. "As many as five executives continue to use ESPN as a conduit to violate the collective bargaining agreement. Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew were damaged by these comments.

Boras also warns, "The integrity of the game is challenged when players of this stature have yet to have a negotiation due to the system," adding there needs to be a "remedy" for the pair, which could take the form of monetary damages or relief from a future qualifying offer. Boras points out not only does the CBA disallow negative comments from MLB team officials, which could depress player markets, but also provides for the possibility of monetary damages in such circumstances. Boras says the issue is about the "conduct" of the executives, not the timing suggesting a grievance procedure needs to be implemented where all concerned parties are placed under oath.

MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred disagrees with Boras' assertion the market for Drew and Morales has been damaged by the comments. "It is ludicrous, absurd, that one [Internet] report somehow alters the market for players who have been out there for months," Manfred told Heyman.


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86 Comments on "Boras: Drew/Morales “Damaged” By Comments In ESPN Story"


ColonelBoston
1 year 4 months ago

The only thing hurting Drew & Morales is Boras.

Erik Christensen
1 year 4 months ago

I was going to say the same but you beat me to it

bigkingk
1 year 4 months ago

Your comment is damaging to Scott Boras. He should seek compensatory relief in the form of cash considerations.

BAINES03
1 year 4 months ago

I completely agree. I don’t think players realize that Boras is a detriment unless they are a top tier player seeking a mega-contract.

Gothapotamus
1 year 4 months ago

The owners will fight tooth and nail to keep the QO system in place since they compromised a lot on abandoning the arbitration system. Maybe the compromise is the same team can’t QO a player in back to back years.

ForTheLoveOfTheGame
1 year 4 months ago

Agreed, if a team could not give a QO to a player in consecutive years it would solve alot of problems. Players would be more willing to take the offer and remain with the team knowing they could become a free agent the following season with no draft pick compensation attached. The player if traded midseason by that team would still be a free agent with no pick compensation attached again the following season. Top free agents obviously have no problem in this system because they are worth giving up a pick to sign. But these mid tier players need to come back to Earth and realize their true value on the open market with a comp pick attached to them. If they still misjudge their market and turn down the QO they only have themselves and/or their agents to blame. Knowing that if they just accepted the offer they would get paid very well for one season, then be set to reach the open market unhindered and be able to secure a multi year deal based on their true value.

Ken Chia-Hung Wu
1 year 4 months ago

Def agree with that. There needs to be SOME incentive for players to take that one year offer. A lot of fans complain that players shouldn’t be complaining about the QO since it’s so much money and they should be lucky to be making so much playing a game, blah blah blah…I see the QO as a hindrance towards these mid-tier players who want to just leave some where. I mean honestly, would you take a one year extension with a company you don’t like when you were looking FORWARD to leaving them in the first place? If they can limit the QO to one year, it would definitely lessen this problem that we have.

Jerry
1 year 4 months ago

Would I take a 15 million dollar one year extention to do the same job I would be doing elsewhere, even if I didn’t like my employer? Is this even a serious question?

Ken Chia-Hung Wu
1 year 4 months ago

It actually is when you put into factors such as the short lifespan of professional athletes (these guys are done with their careers when a majority of us are just stabilizing or just finished carving a place into our careers) and the lack of mobility and choice a QO actually does for players.

Ken Chia-Hung Wu
1 year 4 months ago

Also I’ve asked this before in another post, but why is it that the MLB is the only league that has compensation for losing out on FAs?? I mean, this is a league where one player DOESNT make that big of a difference in comparison to others in the other sports (one superstar in NBA, a QB in NFL, a goaltender in NHL). No where else is there such a thing as FA compensation, so why here??

Jerry
1 year 4 months ago

At least in the MLB, players are allowed to follow the poor advice of thier agents. The franchise tag takes the choice entirely out of the player’s hands…

Jerry
1 year 4 months ago

What a moot argument if I ever heard one. We’re “carving out” our careers at that point with the hope that someday we’ll establush our careers and finances to such a point that our families will be taken care of. Once again, if I could retire BEYOND comfortably for not only myself but at least the next generation for less than one year’s worth of work in my early to mid thirties, I certainly wouldn’t be complaining about anything. Moreover, if my only contribution to a sport that I was so worried about the integrity of was to siphon money from the pockets of my far more talented clientele, I would have even LESS to say. I don’t think anyone will argue that the QO system is beyond flawed, and at a minimum there needs to be a “not for consecutive years” rule for it, but having people worried about the financial well-being of people who took a $14.1 million guaranteed paycheck, gamble it on the open market and lose is ludicrous.

jb226
1 year 4 months ago

Scott — hush. Tony Clark had the right of it, and he can get something done. You interjecting yourself and making it all about you and your clients helps nobody.

beisbolista
1 year 4 months ago

I disagree. It’s Boras’s job to get his clients paid. Since the CBA has clearly hindered these players from getting a deal, I see nothing wrong with Boras advocating for compensatory damages. Tony Clark’s role in all of this is becoming involved in the cases of Drew and Morales for the good of all the players, as is his job as MLBPA Exec Director. Scott Boras’s role is to advocate directly for Drew and Morales.

Furthermore, I find it really rich that Manfred is poo-pooing the CBA in this case after being in the news for the last few years as the PED hammer. I guess the CBA only matters when violations of it hurt or embarrass the Commissioner’s Office.

theophilus166
1 year 4 months ago

Then Boras failed, and he failed long before anyone had any comments on the matter.

beisbolista
1 year 4 months ago

I don’t think Scott Boras is exactly well-known for failing to get his players paid. Say all you want about how Drew and Morales could have taken their QOs, but never forget that it’s not the agent who makes that decision, it’s the player.

At the end of the day, both Drew and Morales simply would have been worth more than $14MM this past off-season had it not been for the asinine QO rule currently in effect. It was not Boras who failed Drew and Morales. It was the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

bubba
1 year 4 months ago

It is actually up to Boras to see what the market will or will not bring. Boras failed these two, if they wanted to play on opening day.

beisbolista
1 year 4 months ago

Wrong. Boras’s job is to advise his client, and then to do what his client tells him to do. An agent does not exercise hegemony over his players, he takes orders from his players.

You do not know how this played out. Boras could have told his clients to take the QO, and they may have wanted to test the market. He could have told them to accept any of the offers they received over the offseason, but the players felt they were too low. Blame Boras is really easy to say, but it reflects a pitiful knowledge of how the agent-player relationship actually works.

bubba
1 year 4 months ago

Do you really think Boras didn’t say let’s go for the long term contract? Knowing Boras and his track record, i would be shocked if he advised the one year deal.

Mackster248
1 year 4 months ago

I’ll never understand why Drew rejected that 14mill q-offer. Arizona basically gave up on him and played decently well for BOS, but 14mill well? Now way. No one in their right mind would have given him the 50-mill deal Boras was asking for plus a draft pick comp. This is Boras’ mess up for sure.

Lionel Bossman Craft
1 year 4 months ago

50 million? Knowing Boras he wanted at least 75.

Mackster248
1 year 4 months ago

You’re probably right, 50 was just my guess. Either way, it’s a ridiculous amount.

LazerTown
1 year 4 months ago

I thought that he would be able to get a Lohse type contract. Maybe $36MM/3. I didn’t get the Morales one though.

johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

You are right and had Drew not been represented by Boras? I imagine the cardinals would have approached him over defensivly challenged and PED tainted Peralta, but they knew that Drew and Boras would never have settled early on for anywhere near 36-40m, maybe even 50m and that is why they chased Peralta, not because peralta is even close to the player Drew is.

This is another case of Boras hurting a player getting a job and Boras blaming the system.

stl_cards16
1 year 4 months ago

The defensively challenged Peralta has been above average defensively the last few years. The Cardinals went after the player they wanted. They never went after Drew.

johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

Defensively challenged as compared to a real SS, like Drew.

It’s not like Peralta is any better at SS than is Jeter. 0.7, 0.6 I guess would make him passable in the mathematics system, yet I wonder how many who watch his 2 step range think his defense at SS is close to be average?

1 year 4 months ago

The Cardinals know what they’re doing. If you watched him and saw his range, then you would also see he fields,throws and hits better than Drew.

Peralta also doesn’t choke in the playoffs, he ups his game.

johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

“Peralta also doesn’t choke in the playoffs, he ups his game”

That is actually quite funny.

1 year 4 months ago

Check their stats.Peralta 832 OPS career in the playoffs. Drew 611.

SumatranRatMonkey
1 year 4 months ago

Tangentially related, MLB should put an amendment in the current CBA that doesn’t allow a team to make a QO to the same player in consecutive years.

Dana Scodeller
1 year 4 months ago

The part that I find hilarious is Scott Boras speaking about the integrity of the game.

1 year 4 months ago

Break out the popcorn, chaps…

NOLASoxFan
1 year 4 months ago

“…have yet to have a negotiation due to the system.”
Now, who is really responsible for that lack of negotiation? The system? Or, could it possibly be the overinflated ‘mega-agent’ broadcasting ludicrous expected contract terms ahead of any possible negotiation? Do they not have mirrors in Boras’s world?

brewersfan729
1 year 4 months ago

The only thing damaging them is Boras’ gross misinterpretation of their market value.

Jason Jalbert
1 year 4 months ago

They hurt themselves by not accepting 14.1 million for a one year deal. Come on Boras there was clearly better players on the market. The Sox are fine without Drew.

Darren
1 year 4 months ago

Their market was hurt by turning down $14.1M. Maybe next time they won’t overvalue themselves(and by “they” I mean Boras)

jed_hoyer
1 year 4 months ago

what’s wrong with taking a 1yr 14 mil contract? i think boras is the reason they’re not signed.

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1 year 4 months ago

thats what happens when you gamble some times you lose

harmony55
1 year 4 months ago

I simply want all parties to an agreement to comply with the terms of the agreement.

Encarnacion's Parrot
1 year 4 months ago

There needs to be a remedy? There already is one. It’s called accepting the QO.

NoAZPhilsPhan
1 year 4 months ago

Was the CBA violated? It sure seems that way but Scott Boras showing concern for the “integrity of the game” is akin to Bernie Madoff saying “I made an honest living”.

Frank Oswald
1 year 4 months ago

Do not buy any snake oil from Boras…….

harmony55
1 year 4 months ago

… or from any baseball executives who violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Adam Bomb
1 year 4 months ago

At this point the blame isn’t solely on Boras though. You’ve gotta put some of the blame on the players, one whose brother had a reputation for taking his ball and going home.

connfyoozed .
1 year 4 months ago

It’s amazing how Tony Clark can raise this point and receive at least acknowledgement and a sympathetic ear, but Scott Boras can say the same thing and be roundly panned or ignored.

Wait, scratch that… It’s actually not amazing at all. It actually makes perfect sense is a karma sort of way.

homer
homer
1 year 4 months ago

People lash out when they are scared and Boras is seriously running scared on this. he knows Drew and Morales should be playing by now and that it is he and no other reason why they are not. At this point there can be no single reason Drew and Morales should not to be playing except the ask price is still too high and no matter how much you feel you are worth the market will be the final say. At some point we cannot say it is a coincidence the last two players to sign in 2013 and 2014 are Boras clients.

davengmusic
1 year 4 months ago

I didn’t read the ESPN article in question. Were there names attached to the quotes, or were they “anonymous” sources? I know that a few of their NBA writers have a lot of sources, but they’re all just multiple personalities of the writers.