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Boras shoots down idea of Royals locking up Hosmer

May 13, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT


Those who follow the Kansas City Royals expected Eric Hosmer to be a star.

But they probably didn’t expect him to hit home runs on consecutive days in the Bronx and lead back-to-back victories over the New York Yankees. They also probably didn’t expect they would have to consider the 21-year-old’s departure from Kansas City so soon, either.

There is already talk in Kansas City that the Royals should try to lock up Hosmer – who has played all of six games in the majors – to a long-term contract. It worked for the Tampa Bay Rays with Evan Longoria, so why wouldn’t it work for the Royals? Well there is one huge reason why the stragegy might not work: Scott Boras.

From Jeff Passan of Yahoo!:

Agent Scott Boras on Thursday shot down any hopes the Kansas City Royals had of signing burgeoning star Eric Hosmer to a long-term extension, telling Yahoo! Sports he expects massive increases in television revenue to change the landscape of salaries in baseball.

“Athletes have to know that you have to look at the market you’re in,” Boras said. “You can’t look at the markets of the past. For players like Hosmer, as you go back and look, as [Mark] Teixeira had his own market and [Prince] Fielder had his own market, Hosmer will have his own. And something tells me it’s going to be a rather eventful one.”

Well so much for that idea.

Boras said he expects the market to be vastly different by the time Hosmer becomes a free agent, and that increased revenues will trickle down to lower-revenue teams like the Royals. Whether or not that means Kansas City will have the resources to retain Hosmer remains to be seen. And frankly, it’s far too early to tell.

Hosmer is not eligible to be a free agent until after the 2017 season, and a lot can happen in the meantime. Boras’ market predictions could prove to be way off. The economy could undergo another down period. Hosmer could end up being merely a decent player. There is also the possibility that Hosmer could overrule Boras and opt for the security of an extended deal, like Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies did last winter.

So don’t panic just yet, Royals fans. Just enjoy the moment.

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  1. kcroyal - May 13, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    This is excellent news for Royals fans.

    “You can’t look at the markets of the past. For players like Hosmer, as you go back and look, as [Mark] Teixeira had his own market and [Prince] Fielder had his own market, Hosmer will have his own. And something tells me it’s going to be a rather eventful one.”

    Translation: We can’t afford a badass like this…he’ll be a Yankee or Red Sox at some fucking point.

    My god it’s rough being a Royals fan. Hopefully we can make a playoff run by 2016…sad yes, but that’s the goal before these studs pull a Damon, Beltran, Dye, etc.

    Sure would have been nice to have control of him through the 2017 season but that would have meant waiting three weeks to call him up, which obviously would have made no sense…apparently, according to non Royals fans.

    • henryd3rd - May 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM

      Major league Baseball is a business and if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. These so-called small market teams are owned and operated by Multi-Millionaires who con the so-called small market fans into thinking they can’t afford to play with the “Big Boys”, i.e., Yankees, Boston and Anaheim. Get real and wake up and smell the coffee.

      Royals’ owner David Glass is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In the event you have been sleeping under a rock let me inform you that that dude is a multi millionaire.

      During his tenure as owner, Glass has been criticized for using the same cost-cutting management style of the Wal-Mart company with the Royals baseball team, resulting in large personal profits for himself but a poorly-performing team. Glass’ management is cited for transforming the Royals from a winning team in the 1980s to one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball during the 1990s and 2000s.

      So keep on spending your hard earned money at Kaufman Stadium. I for one don’t feel any pity for you or those other naive Royals fans that fall for Glass’ BS. This is what’s referred to as free market; but it ain’t free!

      Hosmer hired Borass to get him the best deal possible and if he becomes a superstar he’ll leave like so many other great players before him.

      Go Yankees!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        “resulting in large personal profits for himself but a poorly-performing team”

        As opposed to the large-market teams, who can spend a lot of money on their teams AND also take in large profits for themselves. Next time, put the last line of your post first, so we wouldn’t have had to waste the time reading it.

      • sportsdrenched - May 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        Your understanding of the economics of baseball, and the Royals situation in particular are so off base, I can’t beleive I’m replying to this.

    • Tyree Studio - May 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Dude, for the last time they didn’t lose a year of control by bringing him up before June. He is under control till the end of the 2017 season. All calling him up last week cost KC is “maybe” another year of arbitration, depending on the super-2 rules.

      If you want to rant on Glass and the way KC has been run for the past 15 years fine (they deserve it), but get your facts straight.

      • 5thbase - May 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        Good clubs contend and bad ones don’t. Obviously there is more room to make mistakes with a higher payroll but it’s not like small market teams can’t compete and the bigger market teams always compete. There are a lot of exceptions on both sides.

        The Royals and Pirates have been run poorly for many years. For that reason I think it’s good that they suck. What would be even better is if their jackass owners actually lost money so they would be forced to sell to someone who could actually run the teams well. That would be good for the whole league. Imagine if all the clubs were putting as much effort into player development as teams like the Braves, Rays, A’s and Twins … the overall product would be so much better and there would be a lot more competition regardless of payroll.

        And honestly, the Yankees and Red Sox can only overpay 50 players. Wish people would stop crying about that and hold their own teams accountable instead. (Don’t like how they’re running things, don’t go to the game. If nobody comes they’ll sell, don’t worry.)

  2. normswifevera - May 13, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    Scotty’s ass is still chapped from Mike Moustakas (another top KC prospect) ignoring his advice and signing after the draft.

  3. visnovsky - May 13, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    Boras is an idiot. The only thing that will change the revenue stream will be massive inflation.

    • banksatdixie - May 13, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      There are a lot of things that Scott Boras is……an idiot really isn’t one of them. The guy knows EXACTLY what he is doing and the contracts he lands for his clients clearly show that.

    • dnc6 - May 13, 2011 at 8:34 AM

      He’s far from an idiot. He probably has a better grasp of what the future revenue stream in baseball will look like than almost anyone else. That doesn’t mean he’s going to put telling the truth in front of getting his client the one thing the player payed him to do.

    • kellyb9 - May 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      Fans can hate him all they want. He’s an agent.. doesn’t work for the fans. Works for the players. His job is to make as much money for his clients as he can. If you want to reduce the insane contracts, put a salary cap on the sport, otherwise stop complaining about someone doing their job.

  4. Eric Solomon - May 13, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Yankee fan here…Hosmer looks great so far, and I hope they find a way to keep him in KC with all that other great young talent. I was a big fan in the 70s and remember the Brett/White/Splittorff/etc teams that had a great rivalry with the Yanks. Would love to see that again. KC is a great baseball city…same goes for Baltimore. Would love to see both come back to where they belong.

  5. CJ - May 13, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Some agents are content to rain on a small market team’s parade when they encounter even the slightest successes, but no, not Boras. Nope, he just went and took a dump on the Royal’s proverbial parade.

  6. bigtrav425 - May 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Boras is one of the bad guys in baseball and would be better without him

    • paperlions - May 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM

      Yeah, Boras should be letting the owners keep more of the money generated by player talent, what an a-hole.

    • banksatdixie - May 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Pirates fan?

  7. paperlions - May 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    The Royals will have Hosmer for 6 years….that is hardly raining on anyone’s parade. If you have a Boras client or any uber-talented young player, odds are that you will be lucky to sign them to a deal that includes a single year of FA eligibility. The best you can usually do is to sign them through their arbitration years.
    Boras does his job very well, a large part of his job is to be the bad guy to focus fan/media attention on himself as the source of friction and not the player. That is exactly what he is doing and exactly what he should be doing.

  8. cintiphil - May 13, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Wait a couple of years, maybe he is just a flash in the pan. Who knows? What if he is another Bay?

  9. Chris Fiorentino - May 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Bor-ass doesn’t give a shit about the long-term security of his clients. He is about one thing and one thing only…getting his clients the most money. Period. I’m not saying that is wrong. It is what it is. I was thrilled when Gonzalez did what he did signing with the Rockies through 2017 at a slight discount for the added security. This dude has played 6 freaking games and I guarantee Scotty Bor-ass already has prepared his powerpoint presentation comparing him to Albert Pujols and Lou Gehrig.

    Take the money and long-term security if it is offered to you kid. You never know what is going to happen to the sport, the economy, and most importantly, to your body. THAT is the soundest advice he can get.

  10. sportsdrenched - May 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    I’m excited about Hosmer’s hot start. I’m real excited they went into NY and took 2 of 3 for the Yankees.

    But lets face it. If Hosmer is a stud. Anyone outside the I95 corridor won’t have a shot at signing him anyway. And that’s still why MLB has an effed up economic policy.

    From an organizational stand point it’s way too early to sign Hosmer. There’s still guys chasing storms that could be studs. Even if the Royals lock some of them up, they’re not going to lock ALL of them up.

    Just chill Royals Fans. I mean they just took 2 of 3 from the Evil Empire in games where the SP were Vin Mazzaro and Sean O’Sullivan. (how do you feel about that Yankee Fan) Wear your gear and smile.

    • mcs7584 - May 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      “I mean they just took 2 of 3 from the Evil Empire in games where the SP were Vin Mazzaro and Sean O’Sullivan.”


    • cintiphil - May 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Did you see or look at the stats of these games? Except for one game, Yankee pitching stunk up the place. With good pitching, this series would have been different. The Royals pitching was not too good either but better than the Yanks.

      • Tyree Studio - May 13, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        So that’s the kind of pitching a close-to-$200-payroll will get you?

      • sportsdrenched - May 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        Ahh Yes, “The if my Aunt had balls she’d be my Uncle” argument.

        I’m well aware of how the series went down. There are a lot of if’s in baseball. It’s the “ifs” that make a difference.

        I wouldn’t worry too much Yankee Fan, the last time the Royals did you like this you won the World Series. Just let us Royals Fans have fun at your expense while we can.

      • mcs7584 - May 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Did you hear the call on the KC broadcast during the six-run second inning yesterday?

        “And the Royals lead the Bad News Bears 5-nothing.”

  11. Jonny 5 - May 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Well Boras isn’t the only person to think along these lines. Popular name ball players getting larger than expected contracts have been happening all over baseball lately. Is there a push to lock guys up before rules change? Will we sit back in a few years talking about how savvy moves by the Rockies, Nats, BoSox, And Phills, saved, and /or made them money in the long run? I see a jump in superstar pay in the near future, only because of how the market has been lately. These people are reacting to something they also anticipate imo. But then again we all love to invent theories of “why”.

  12. trevorb06 - May 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Grienke probably feels like a jackass for jumping ship just as it starts to sail.

    • mcs7584 - May 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Karma is a bitch.

  13. Panda Claus - May 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Whether or not Bora$ is right isn’t the point here, he’s a pompous toad. Baseball is the only one of the four major sports that isn’t looking face-first at a lockout in the next two years, yet Boras apparently wants to change that.

    It’s one thing to try to get the most for your clients, it’s another thing to promote self-attention and spew out inflammatory comments like Boras does. But every major sport seems to have a handful of agents just like this.

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