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Scott Boras is in sales mode

Jan 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

Boras thinking

Top level talents are easy to sell. Where the men who represent major league baseball players truly separate themselves from the boys is in selling flawed, aging and relatively unattractive players to teams in the free agent market.

Enter Scott Boras — the best of the best — hyping up clients Johnny Damon, Andruw Jones and Manny Ramirez in today’s Jerry Crasnick column:

“These guys are star players,” Boras said. “They’re championship-caliber players. Owners and general managers know they have extraordinary abilities, and they can be a force in the locker room and around young players. Those are things that most veteran players don’t offer.”

You tell ’em, Scott!  I mean, apart from the fact that (a) Jones has played 15 seasons without a championship; (b) Damon no longer has extraordinary abilities; and (b) no owner or general manager in their right mind wants Manny Ramirez influencing young players, you’re absolutely right!

As Crasnick notes, the market for veteran bats is positively brutal right now. If Boras can land nice deals for all three of these guys, he deserves the uber-agent crown.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Here’s my write in campaign: Let’s get Johnny back.
    BTW this looks like Salesman trick 101: Offer three comparisons so they can pick one and don’t shop elsewhere.

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    When speaking of Manny, Boras meant to say:

    … can be a disruptive force in the locker room and around young players.

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Boras looks like he wants to eat the face off whoever he’s looking at in that pic.

  4. Adam - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    I can’t decide if having a), b), b) is a typo or absolutely hilarious in terms of “Manny Being Manny”.

  5. pisano - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    I like to add Gary Sheffield to that group and label them:” Ship of Fools” Those guys are in the twilight of their careers, why would anyone take a chance on them especially Manny the Moron. Manny would create more problems than help.

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