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Nats probably made an offer to Strasburg; Boras, as always, waits

Aug 13, 2009, 10:20 AM EDT

The Washington Post’s Chico Harlan, citing “industry observers,” believes that the Nats have made “a significant offer” to Stephen Strasburg. But noting that Scott Boras’ m.o. is to do everything at the last minute, he expects nothing to happen until Monday.  Which, by the way, is signing deadline day.

Boras seems to have more and more high picks each year, and plays this 11th hour game with all of them.  People credited him with bleeding edge savvy in connection with the maybe late, maybe not Pedro Alvarez deal last year, but I can’t help but think that was a result of mere sloppiness borne of having too many balls in the air at the same, critical time.

One of these years he’s going to screw that calculus up major, and a client is going to get royally boned.  When he does, the whole Boras empire will come crumbling down, because unlike a lot of other agents, it’s based totally on his effectiveness, not on fuzzy relationship stuff.

  1. Arin - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Didn’t he already screw over Varitek? If his misreads the arbitration market again this offseason people will notice.

  2. Matt S - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    I am not so sure the whole Scott Boras’ empire is destined to “come crumbling down.” I have no insider knowledge about his operations but my guess is the guys agency has numerous underlings assigned to every single client. Which allows him to monitor every situation fairly well.
    I think he most at risk of breaching his fiduciary responsibilities to one of his clients. With so many competing players he may use one person’s negotiations as leverage for another more valuable player (holding out one of his later first round picks to prevent a market from being set for a Strasburg-esque player). I am not saying that will happen, but I think it is more likely than him just being blatantly negligent.

  3. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Aug 13, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    And in other news, the Sun did still rise in the East. Early reports indicate that it will set in the West.

  4. Jake - Aug 13, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Boras puts the “douche” in ‘fiduciary.”

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