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Boras: Matt Holliday = Mark Teixeira

Oct 20, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

Just as the robin is the harbinger of spring, Scott Boras overselling his free agent clients in a distracting manner during the playoffs is the first sign of hot stove season:

Scott Boras threw out the ceremonial first pitch in free agency
today, comparing Matt Holliday to Mark Teixeira in the impact the agent
believes each player can have on a club.

“These guys are blue-collar superstars,” Boras said. “They don’t hit
50 home runs, but they’re complete players. They can give you something
without swinging a bat. . . .There are differences between hitters and complete players,” Boras said. “Matt Holliday is a complete player. “There is, frankly, no one like him in the market.”

Holliday is a nice player. He’s going to help whoever signs him.  He is not, however, some unique thing in the world and certainly not a player worthy of the Full Boras Treatment.

Jason Bay doesn’t have Holliday’s glove, but he’s kind of like him.  Johnny Damon isn’t going to produce near his level, but he’ll probably cost a fraction of Matt Holliday this year.  Matt Holliday is not the kind of player a team is going to want to be paying eight figures to six or seven years from now like Boras is going to demand that they do.  I’d argue that that goes for almost any corner player.

If you don’t believe me, ask the Cubs, who will be paying Alfonso Soriano until my kids are in grad school.

  1. Bob S. - Oct 20, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Holliday was terrible in Oakland, was lousy with the fans, at spring training in Phoenix he acted like he didn’t want to be there, and performed like an arch mediocrity.
    He isn’t worth double the major league minimum. He is not a fan favorite. Boras is a fool if he thinks someone Billy Beane threw under the bus and the A’s records improved in his absence… is going to get a decent check… well Boras can dream.
    A’s fans are extremely loyal to players who recognize the people who show up at the park often, the people draping a banner with their name on it… the people in Spring Training who have flown from Arkansas for some early baseball, and get a dis…
    Matt Holliday 775-900k year to year. Tops. Screw him.

  2. Alex K - Oct 20, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Bob S.- Does his time in STL not count anymore?

  3. Skip H - Oct 20, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Scott Boras and others like him are what’s wrong with pro sports. I’m sure even Matt Holliday realizes that he’s not the player that Teixeira is.

  4. Skip H - Oct 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Scott Boras and others like him are what’s wrong with pro sports. I’m sure even Matt Holliday realizes that he’s not the player that Teixeira is.

  5. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Holliday was terrible in Oakland, was lousy with the fans, at spring training in Phoenix he acted like he didn’t want to be there, and performed like an arch mediocrity.

    Ah the musings of the ignorant fan. Holliday was the best hitter on the A’s last year. The only player with a 120 OPS+ (125). Next closest was Rajai Davis at 112.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/OAK/2009.shtml
    As for being such great fans, good to see you stuck with a “terrible” guy who just got better each month:
    April – .240/.293/.440
    May – .291/.476/.524
    June – .280/.410/.560
    July – .338/.485/.721
    Yeah those numbers are “terrible”.

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