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Scott Boras takes some shots at the Diamondbacks and John McDonald

Nov 5, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

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According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Scott Boras said his client Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market. Yawn. I can’t recall the last time Boras didn’t say that about one of his clients, so the real interesting part of this story is how he ended up hitting free agency in the first place.

Bloomquist declined his portion of a $1.1 million mutual option earlier this week after the Diamondbacks exercised their half. It sounds like Boras had every intention of getting in touch with Diamondbacks about a new deal, but the two sides experienced some miscommunication in the days that followed, complete with a missed phone call from one of Boras’ assistants. As a result, the Diamondbacks signed John McDonald to a two-year, $3 million contract. Depending upon what happens with Aaron Hill and the health of Stephen Drew, Bloomquist may be fairly redundant as far as utility infielders go, which makes it fairly likely he’ll end up elsewhere.

This is probably more energy that Boras hopes to spend on a lower-profile client like Bloomquist, but it’s clear he’s not thrilled with how the situation played out.

“Is it our duty to be in touch with them every hour on the hour so we know nobody else signed?” Boras said. “When you want someone, you go get them. We’re not the employer. They offer the contracts and pay the money. We don’t.

“It sounds to me like what happened is, they got upset when Willie opted out. They got emotional and they went out and signed a guy who hit .169.”

And it’s also fair to say that Boras is just emotional because things didn’t work out exactly as he planned. As someone named Omar (and no, not Minaya) once said, “It’s all in the game.”

  1. halladaysbiceps - Nov 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    That’s life, Boras. Teams move on when you are a hard-ass with negotiations. When you try to pull this crap with Ryan Madson and the Phillies, Amaro Jr. will move on and sign another closer.

    See Scott Boras, that’s the way it works. Be a tough guy in discussing a contract, the team will strike first with another signing. They are not going to wait and be caught with their pants down. As the free agency period goes, players disappear as time goes on.

    • halladaysbiceps - Nov 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      I will add this. A good GM knows when he is being manipulated. Some player’s agent asking for too much, you move on in the early stages of FA and make another signing at your price. Strike. Now, BorASS, it’s on to another team for your client.

      • spudchukar - Nov 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM

        Yeah ‘Cepts but you end up ‘Cutting off your own nose to spite your face’. Bloomquist was integral in getting them to the playoffs and deserved more than $1.1, and now they are 2 mil poorer with a .169 hitter who cannot play SS. Sometimes it behooves you to swallow your pride, especially when you haven’t exactly been dissed.

      • cur68 - Nov 6, 2011 at 2:08 AM

        Jonny Mac can’t play short? Really? If not, then things have changed a bit in the 3 months since I last saw him play. That guy’s played a lot of shortstop for the Blue Jays, Spud, and m impression was that he’s at least above average at that position. What he can’t do is hit for much. D-Backs could have done a lot worse and now they have an excellent mentor for up and coming infielders and steady guy who can play every spot but pitcher and catcher on the infield.

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:13 AM

        McDonad can’t hit….but he most certainly can play defense. What Bloom quist would have added offensively he gives away on defense. Bloomquist is litterally the definition of a replacement level player. It was probably a dumb idea to give McDonald 2 yrs, but it was equally dumb for Bloomquist to turn down his option….no matter how you evaluate him, Bloomquist was one of the worst (almost) everyday players last year….such players have no business turning down options.

  2. charlutes - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Scott Boras is joining T.O. And the Ryan loudmouths as the most annoying people is sports. Congrats, slimey agent guy!

  3. baseballisboring - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Yeah, who cares. I wouldn’t even want to go after a utility infielder represented by Boras, not even worth the trouble. McDonald will fill Bloomquist’s void juuuuust fine, Boras can have fun making a 300 page binder about Bloomquist’s versatility, durability and veteran presence.

  4. paperlions - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Kudos to the Diamondbacks for recognizing a fungible asset and moving on….guys who are below replacement level hitters and fielders should not be declining options with teams they want to play for….because there are plenty of those kinds of guys around that are willing to jump at the first opportunity.

    • Kyle - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      Hear, hear. It was probably worth it just to avoid dealing with Boras at all.

  5. podo0201 - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    U mad, Boras? :D

  6. notsofast10 - Nov 5, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    That is why the D Backs are a perrenial playoff team!!! Take that Boras!

    Well at least they have been in the playoffs 5 times, does that count for anything?

  7. jason9696 - Nov 6, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Scott Boras is a weinie.

  8. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Utility Infielder’s are not worth all this “drama”. You got out played boras… MOVE ON!

  9. dbldmr - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Scott Boras is the baseball anti-Christ.

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