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So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals.

Then I read Ken Rosenthal’s tweets:

Only three free agents represented by Scott Boras have signed multi-year deals this off-season. One is Prince. The others: Willie Bloomquist and Bruce Chen! Madson, K-Rod, C. Pena and now E. Jackson all have agreed to one-year contracts.

I would have assumed that Pena would have gotten a one-year deal before the winter began because he just seems to have “one-year deal” tattooed on his forehead at this point.  The other ones are somewhat surprising, especially Jackson.

Not that this is all on Boras. The market is the market and it’s not like his stable of free agents matched up perfectly with teams’ needs this winter.

Still, it’s worth remembering that for every mega deal Boras puts together, he has several more normal-to-disappointing deals.  Just like every other agent out there.

  1. natstowngreg - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    But, but, Boras = Svengali! How could he possibly not swindle any GM who comes under his spell?

    But seriously, all this crap about The Wonderfulness That Is Scott Boras is just that — crap. So its the crap about how certain GMs (read, Mike Rizzo) are suckers for Boras. He has to deal with the market like any other agent. He may be better at it than most, but it’s hard to tell from all his self-promotion.

  2. mianfr - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    I mean, he got the awful-bodied Prince Fielder 9 years and $214 million in a market full of first basemen, with a Hall of Famer at the same position in free agency and still in his late prime, which kind of makes up for everything else.

    I mean, Albert didn’t set any contract records. C.J. Wilson made a lot loss than he hoped.

    The Bruce Chen deal was a big win. Getting Willie Bloomquist anything, much less a two year deal, is a win.

    Edwin Jackson was hoping for a multi-year deal, but he’d been on six teams by season’s close and never looked close to reaching his potential.

    Honestly I’d say it was a pretty great off-season.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Boras only hit .250 this winter and in the summer, he will be unable to sign his high draft picks to contracts that greatly exceed scale. All in all, he had a rotten year.

    • themuddychicken - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      His ISO, on the other hand, is through the roof thanks to Fielder

  4. stex52 - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    I suspect he is still putting steak and caviar on the table.

  5. baseballisboring - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    He might’ve put all his energy in one place this winter…

  6. superpriebe - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I wonder how much the ballplayer with an inflated sense of self-worth might have to do with it. As in, an agent might be advising his client to take a deal, but the player might be telling him to hold out for more. It’s the kind of thing we wouldn’t find out until well after the fact, if ever. That said, every now and then we hear a story about a ballplayer turning down money on to play for less later on. It could be a factor in the Madson-Phillies breakdown early in the offseason.

    Not saying it absolves any bad contracts by Boras (or any agent), but it’s not too hard to imagine

  7. theonlynolan - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Isn’t Papelbon a Boras client or am I mistaken?

    • jwbiii - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Papelbon is with ACES.

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