Ken Rosenthal had an interesting article on Fox Sports where agent Scott Boras rips into the Jays ownership for not spending big money on free agents this offseason.
Boras tells Rosenthal.
“There is no one who has the asset base of Rogers, It’s a premium city. It’s a premium owner with equity. And it’s a very, very good team that with additional premium talent could become a contending team. They’re a car with a huge engine that is impeded by a big corporate stop sign . . . a successful and committed ownership that needs to give their baseball people financial flexibility.”
Or in other words, Boras is pissed that the Jays didn’t overpay on big free agents and haven’t given an offer to either Kendry Morales or Steven Drew, both happen to be Boras’ clients.
In one sense his statement is right. Rogers does have a huge asset base and makes a small fortune off the Blue Jays and if they wanted to could go out and spend money in free agency. And as well Jays have two protected picks, which gave them an advantage in the market.
At the same time however lets look back on what was available on the pitching market other than Masahiro Tanaka.
There was Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana-who is still available. And A.J Burnett, who only wanted to play close to home so lets not really include him in that group. All of the pitchers I mentioned had red flags with either medical concerns or performance concerns. And with Alex Anthopoulos history of finding value on the market with free agency it’s no surprise that he passed on the market this winter.
Boras’ anger should really be at Baseball’s CBA which changed the free agent compensation in the last CBA in 2011, not at teams that just don’t see the value in the market. Boras could also be using the negativity directed at Rogers to put pressure on them to jump into the market and drive up the demand for one of his clients.
If we’ve learned anything from AA’s tenure with the Jays he won’t be pressured into overpaying into the market regardless of which power agent is trying to get him to bite.