April 21, 2021

‘Damaging’ Media and MLB Free Agents: Is Scott Boras Right?

“I am angered that numerous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally violated our collective bargaining agreement by offering to ESPN comments about free agent values of Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. These statements undermine the free agent rights of the players and depress the market values.”
Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLB Players’ Association

I’ve read a couple of interesting articles lately about player compensation in the MLB. A debate on the topic started this winter when draft-pick compensation rules were limiting free-agency spending, and the discussion has become much more aggressive this last week.

A slew of articles, particularly this one by Jon Heyman, caught my attention. They cover the feud between Scott Boras, the MLBPA, and big media and the MLB. An interesting twist, Heyman’s includes a direct response to Buster Olney’s controversial April 9th piece on the MLB market’s puzzling lack of employment for household-known, free-agent players.

This discussion is a complicated one. The battle they’re discussing maybe new, but the labor war in Major League baseball is not. It had just temporarily fallen off the front page, but it seems like it’s ready to return.

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Darvish deadline for Rangers impacts Nats negotiations with Fielder

The deadline for the Texas Rangers to agree to terms on a contract with pitcher Yu Darvish is 5:00 pm Wednesday.  Why is that significant to the Washington Nationals?

It’s widely accepted that if the Rangers work out a contract for the highly anticipated Japanese import they’ll simply have no more money for free agent 1B Prince Fielder.  Only the Rangers ownership group knows that for certain, but you have to figure Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, intends to find out.

It’s no wonder Boras has played a waiting game on Fielder.  The Rangers figure to be very involved in the discussion if they can’t land Darvish, regardless if they have their own mega-star, Josh Hamilton, staring free agency in the face.  In fact, if you look at the landscape around baseball, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Fielder ends up anywhere other than the Metroplex or Capitol Hill. [Read more…]

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