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Scott Boras Overstating His Clients’ Skills season has come early this year

Aug 30, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Boras thinking

Usually we have to wait until November to hear Scott Boras oversell his free agent clients, but we have an early preview for Jacoby Ellsbury:

“He has shown he can hit .300 in the big leagues, not once but twice,” Boras, Ellsbury’s agent, told ESPNBoston.com. “He’s at a point in his career he’s proven he can be a No. 3-hitter type of guy, with power. He’s a premium center fielder. Everywhere I go, they all ask. That’s all I can say. You’re talking about teams really coveting this player.”

I like Ellsbury, so don’t consider this hate or anything. But let’s be honest: he showed “power” in exactly one season. Indeed, he’s been an above-average major league hitter (based on OPS+ anyway) exactly once in a full season. And, because of injuries, he’s played only three full seasons.

Now, assuming he’s healthy after his current maladies subside, sure, he’s worth a lot of money because of his speed, his defense and his obvious offensive potential.  But let’s not pretend that Ellsbury is some sure-shot, top-shelf free agent talent.

  1. ajcardsfan - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Hi, I’m Scott Boras, you might remember me from such great deals, as “PEDs Galore – The Manny Ramirez story”, and “Arod: The Last Voyage of the Pinstriped Albatross”

    • jerryball22 - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Don’t forget “Oliver Perez: The Next Sandy Koufax”

      Oops, Boras actually did write that one

  2. lazlosother - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I feel a Heyman article coming on.

    • djpostl - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Damn you…beat me to it.

  3. vanmorrissey - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Boras is salivating over the freed up money the Sox now have and are willing to spend. Don’t blame him but at least you could be a little less overt about it.

  4. Joe - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    A lot of my fellow Red Sox fans have been talking for a couple of years that Ellsbury’s going to look for a Carl Crawford contract. I say, let somebody else give him that money. I love watching him play, but if the power’s not repeatable (and I don’t think it is), ain’t no way he deserves superstar money.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Ellsbury never showed any power in the minors.

  5. bloodysock - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Not only early this season for Boras but for Ellsbury as he won’t be a free agent until after next season.

    • lazlosother - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      He is pushing for an extension. You know Scott, he saw the big contracts go away and he wants some of that money.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Damn.

    I was hoping this was going to be as funny as his Johnny Damon “If he gets 200 hits a year” projections….despite the fact that he accomplished the feat exactly once….

  7. onbucky96 - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Drop dead Scott Boras. You are a horrible human being whose sole talent if bullshitting teams of the talents of “your” players has made you pornagraphicaly wealthy. Ellsbury is good, just good. Oh yeah, FRAGILE also. Make sure you include his DL time in that useless laminated book you will end up pimping to the Nats, who always end up over paying for your fluff.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      You’d have a hard time finding a better agent to represent you if you’re trying to maximize your value

    • schlom - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Why the hate for Boras? It’s dumbass GM’s signing the contracts. It’s not like he’s putting a gun to anyone’s head.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        See: The JD Drew-Philadelphia saga.

        And then remember that after all that, he was only a decent player when he wasn’t nursing a strained vagina.

  8. onbucky96 - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Everywhere you go, that’s all people ask? Scotty, are you publicly admitting teams are talking to you about a client still employeed by the Boston Redsox? Tampering anyone…?

  9. xpensivewinos - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    The scumbag is baiting the hook early.

    I have confidence that Cherington is not going to bite.

  10. randygnyc - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    He’s looking for 7 yrs at $150MM.

  11. philliesblow - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Quick, somebody hide Mike Ilitch’s checkbook.

  12. quintjs - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    I think in my life I have given two thumbs up in an entire HBT article once. This one went batted 1.000 in the first 3 comments..

  13. psousa1 - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    It’s hard to say he is injury prone: He got got smoked by Adrian Beltre and broke his ribs. He had a SS fall on top of his shoulder while he was stretched out for the bag (which is basically like a piece of wood stretched across two saw horses and getting chopped in the middle). He’s not a JD Drew: hammy pull, neck is stiff, forearm strain, calf is tight. That’s injury prone. Ellsbury plays hard all the time. Ellsbury first full year he hit 280ish, his second full season he hit .300, then the Beltre collision, and in the 3rd full season he had the monster year. The guy has been trending up (in his 3 full seasons). He is a good friggin player. That genius move in 2010 to move him to LF by Epstein costed him a season (even though he was clearly the best CF). He will have a great year next year. Unfortunately Boras is going to pimp him out to the highest bidder. Boras must have wet himself

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