As we begin another offseason, agent, Scott Boras starts off in typical fashion, bashing the Blue Jays. Too bad for him, they’re too smart for that to mean anything
By now, I am sure you have heard that the Toronto Blue Jays were once again called out by “Super Agent” Scott Boras. Recently, he once again accused the Blue Jays of not spending and letting their fans down…at least that was the implication. He pointed to a major drop in attendance as proof that the team needs to pursue big names to turn things around. His “Blue Flu” tirade may catch the attention of a few frustrated fans, but the majority of logical thinkers know better.
Dear, Scott Boras
Kindly shut up.
— ░D░O░Y░L░E░ (@DoyleJFtC) November 8, 2018
Personally, the annual shots at the Blue Jays on the part of Boras are just tiresome. They’ve become so because we all have a better idea of what this team is about, more so than we’ve ever had. This front office is not about to give in to drummed up quasi pressure from a fan base stirred up by someone who has made it his life’s work to simply get the most money as possible for his clients, regardless of the logic, or lack thereof, behind it.
Look, Boras is an agent, and is supposed to be one of the best. He gets top dollar for top talent. I didn’t think J.D. Martinez would end up getting as much as he did. But, hats off to Boras. In fairness to him, he is standing up for players, who deserve to get paid. They are the ones selling the game of baseball, leading to MASSIVE revenues for teams. Money is better off going to them than to line the pockets of owners, right? The problem is that his approach shows little regard for how baseball works. In particular, it shows little regard for how specific teams work. Dumping on a team like Minnesota or Toronto doesn’t make much sense. Sure, Toronto has the money to spend, should it make sense. But, it doesn’t.
This front office has made it very clear that it will spend. They’ve purchased free agent contracts each of their first offseasons at the helm. Kendrys Morales, Steve Pearce, Jaime Garcia and others are all examples of free agent spending. Heck, they even offered Edwin Encarnacion more money than he got in Cleveland. They will spend to add pieces that round out their roster. But, what they won’t do is fork over an obscene fortune for players like Martinez last year, or any other big ticket name.
Ross Atkins knows better than that. We have had several lessons along the way about surplus value and smart spending. Why spend $30M on a guy who might give you 5 or 6 fWAR, when you can spend a fraction of that for a guy who will give you 3 or 4 fWAR? Is it worth the extra money? If your roster comes down to needing that one spot, maybe. But, if you’re a team like the Blue Jays who have multiple needs, it makes little sense.
Further, the Blue Jays are in no position to be throwing money around for the 2019 season, even if they wanted to spend money. They have made it clear that they will be undergoing a youth movement this coming season. When we start hearing things like Russell Martin is on the block, you know spending money is not the priority. In fact, the opposite is. The Blue Jays are not going to spend money for the sake of it. They certainly are not going to spend it because Scott Boras taunted them in a media scrum.
And, he should know that. As much as he wants to change the tide of spending that has taken over baseball, he really has to be doing his clients a disservice at this point. Everyone in baseball knows that he is out to get as much money as he can. It wouldn’t surprise if there were teams out there that simply won’t deal with him at all. That’s got to be bad for business. ‘Sure, you say you can get me lots of money, but isn’t that more difficult when not all 30 teams are in the mix?’ The Boras approach is one that could cost his clients. He always ends up finding money for them from somewhere (even if they have to sit out a portion of the season), but the market from which he draws is very small.
And, maybe that’s his frustration with Toronto. They could play in that market, in theory. But, they don’t. You can blame it on an ownership group that won’t spend, but that doesn’t actually wash. Instead, you can point to a front office that knows that spending a la Boras is not a way to sustain a winning team. Spending now to put a name on the field (and butts in the seats) is not going to make them a winner in 2019 AND it is only going to hurt the team in the long run. They know this all too well thanks to having a couple post-30 year olds making over $20M each.
At the end of the day, Boras might as well save his breath. The Blue Jays won’t give in to his taunting. They won’t be spending like idiots, so he might as well stop talking like one. Boras is not a stupid man, but barking up the Blue Jays’ tree makes zero sense. It is not a smart way to do business. Fans might get riled up by what he has to say, but the front office won’t. They’re smarter than that.
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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.