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Scott Boras says clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales still willing to wait for the right deal

Mar 15, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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With about two weeks to go until the start of the regular season, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales still remain unemployed. Both players rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from the Red Sox and Mariners, respectively, hoping to sign big, multi-year contracts, but it never happened. Meanwhile, players like Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana, who also rejected qualifying offers, settled for one-year deals to find a home and get into shape before the start of the regular season.

Boras says his two clients, who continue to work out in Florida, will wait for the right deal, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Both could even wait as long as after the draft, when the draft pick compensation attached to them would disappear, making them more attractive to prospective teams and giving them more leverage in negotiations.

Boras criticized the qualifying offer system, even going so far as to call it “jail”.

“The system they’ve been dealt has basically prevented them from free agency,” Boras said. “They want to make sure about their next step, whatever that will be. It means either signing a long-term contract now — and we’re still taking offers on those — or a number of other prospects that could occur after the season starts or in June, after the draft happens.

“Like any players, they want to play baseball. But they’re also looking at the long-term aspect of their careers. This system has placed them not in free agency, but it’s placed them in a jail.”

The Mets have been the team most frequently linked to Drew, as they will otherwise go into the regular season with Ruben Tejada as their everyday shortstop. As Dan Martin of the New York Post reports, however, Drew is still seeking a multi-year deal and the Mets aren’t interested in committing to him beyond one year. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Mariners are still pursuing Morales.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Last time I checked most people in jail make less then $1.00 per day in the jobs they perform, that’s if they have jobs in jail. Both Drew and Morales were offered a one year deal for $14.1MM we should all be that lucky if that’s what Boras considers jail.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Boras is such an arrogant fool. And this time his arrogance cost two of his clients. All he had to do was advise that they accept the QOs.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        What makes you think he didn’t?

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Sure….but ask yourself if that would be a Scott Boras move. I think he’d see that as waving a white flag.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        You’re just assuming things. I honestly don’t know, but I like to bear in mind that after the fact, A-Rod said he worked his contract with the Yankees himself though Boras was his agent at the time. I just don’t think Boras is the only jerk in the room all the time.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Of course. But its not Boras’ MO to accept a qualifier. He vastly overestimated Drew’s value. The guy is not the star Boras pretends he is.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Well, he most certainly isn’t going to say in public that Drew is over-rated. Also, he wouldn’t stay Drew’s agent very long I think if he told Drew he wasn’t all that.

      • jwbiii - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        “But its not Boras’ MO to accept a qualifier.’

        Under the current system, no player, regardless of his agent, has accepted a qualifying offer.Greg Maddux, a Boras client, accepted an arbitration offer from the Braves before the 2003 season. It seems to me that Boras does what his clients want him to do.

    • notsofast10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      I don’t think it is the amount of money for the one year deal, these are a couple of older fragile guys that are trying/ looking to get a longer term deal for a bit of security. I don’t think you could blame any agent for that, but at this point the market is not willing to pay more than a year! Jail? No!

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I can’t say for sure, but I’d bet that most people in jail would be willing to instead play baseball for $14 million.

  3. Caught Looking - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    They both had a $14.1 million get out of jail free card and turned it down.

    • rje413diamond - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      If I were Scott B. I’d stay off the phone the next few hours. There dropping like flies(on and off the field).

  4. 4d3fect - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Owners are still idiots, but I think Boras’ business model is beginning to crack now.

  5. thebadguyswon - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    The Mets have been linked to Drew by media outlets only. They are not legitimately interested in losing a draft pick. Everything I read from Alderson’s people is the team does not feel Drew signficantly improves a flawed team. Therefore, they won’t give up the pick.

    • rje413diamond - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      I’m not big Sandy A. fan but he is probable right about this one. But this about putting FANS back in the seats and I think he’s overlooking that. I think the prices on players have past Sandy by. He’s trying to buy players as if he was a GM in the 90’s again with the A’s. Not going to work in NY!!

      • chill1184 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        You do realize that just throwing money around and punting the draft is what got the team in this state in the first place right?

      • dcarroll73 - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Er, no, chill, actually what got the team in the financial bind was the Wilpons’ relationship with Madoff. NY has a higher (and more progressive) income tax than most states, and so, despite all the uninformed Yankee-hate here and elsewhere, NY teams do have to pay higher to land top talent. The last I hear I thought the Mutts were willing to go 2 years but not three for Drew. I don’t know if that would make sense for them or not. The Yanks still might want to explore this option as long as they blew by the luxury tax level anyway. If he would be willing to play other positions with an occasional day at SS spelling Jeter, it might be worth the Yanks paying. Then after Jeter retires, he might stick.

      • chill1184 - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        @dcarroll73

        You should stick to parroting Fatcessa and Kay like a good little ghetto trash Yankee hoodrat than worrying about the Mets

        I’ll take the analysis of Matt Myers than some Skankee scum like yourself anyday

        http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/68626/is-there-a-draft-in-here-part-1

    • longtimefan1 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      @ thebadguyswon –

      You seem misinformed on many fronts..

      The link to Drew is not a media concoction like you believe, but rather through direct dealings between the Mets and Boras.

      Alderson is on record stating he’s willing to go as high as three years on him and losing a draft pick – in this case their third pick – is not an issue.

      Multiple media outlets report the Mets made a 9.5 mil one-year off to Drew this past offseason which was rejected.v

      Mets have a certain price and terms in mind, Boras/Drew have others hence the stalemate.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Maybe so, but he won’t end up on the Mets. Watch.

  6. onbucky96 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Poor Scotty, he’s the one getting bent over the negotiating table, not the owners. What, no steak jokes Scott? As a fan of baseball, I’m for players getting theirs. But Boras, he can go and…well, you figure it out.

  7. slaugin - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Say Z would have gotten them on teams by now, just sayin

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      If the Cano-Mariners deal is the model, I think most if not all teams will say, “no thanks.” Actually 3 years for drew is about like 8 years for Robbie (and even for him 10 years was just CRAZY.)

  8. slaugin - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    ^Jay Z

  9. shawnuel - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    With Jose Iglesias probably out for most of the season, now, I would guess Detroit might have some interest in Drew. Although, the last time they dealt with Boras was on the Prince Fielder deal. So……maybe not.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Which means, of course, that in dealing with Detroit his already unacceptable asking price for Drew just went up.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      I feel like I should repeat myself in saying that Boras has clients who play for the Tigers already. Notably, Iglesias is one of his clients — as is Max Scherzer.

      • jwbiii - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Also Austin Jackson.

  10. tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    The “right deal” would involve them signing with a new agent who would immediately negotiate a REASONABLE contract.

    Boras’ tactics may average out to a great deal of success for his total pool of clients, but it can really screw some of them over on an individual basis.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      In all fairness, his job is to try to get them as much as he can and it’s not always easy to get a hamburger to understand why it shouldn’t expect A-1 sauce…especially since some people do put A-1 on their hamburger, when it’s really just for steak…but sometimes people think adding A-1 will make a dry hamburger better, when really they shouldn’t have bought the Ford.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      He presents each of his players as if they are generational greats. I would imagine it makes him hard to deal with.

  11. pastabelly - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Detroit shouldn’t bend over for Boras. The 14.1M + first round pick is still too high a price to pay for Drew.

  12. sumkat - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Am I wrong that, if they had taken the qualifying offer, that they would be UFA’s next year?

    • chill1184 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      As far as I know if he signs a one year deal the team that signs him can still offer him a QO. However the QO can be higher than it was this offseason.

      • sumkat - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        And does that go on until the player has a certain amount of service time in the league?

        If it just goes on continually (it can’t, or there would never be UFA’s), or goes on until a ridiculous point (say 10 years exp), he has a point.

        Otherwise, stop crying and trying to get average players paid like superstars, and take it up at the next CBA negotiations

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        It may SEEM unfair for it to go on until a ridiculous point….

        But if you really think about it, the system may be more fair than it seems.

        The qualifying offer is an average of the top 125 salaries in baseball. If you’re Miguel Cabrera, that is massively undervalued….which is why a team would happily pay a 1st round pick to sign a Miguel Cabrera.

        However, if you’re not actually one of the top 125 players in baseball (which Stephen Drew definitely is not), it’s actually an over-valued one year contract.

        If a team won’t give up a draft pick to sign you to a over-valued contract that should make it very apparent that your asking price is too high. So maybe you should accept the recurring one-year contracts that are paying you more than you’re worth.

        Maybe you should even be happy about it. Unless, of course, you have Drew DNA and the very real possibility of missing half a season with a hangnail exists.

    • deep64blue - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:29 AM

      Absolutely – these players were offered short term deals way more than their actual value – Morales in particular should have ran to sign that QO as soon as the Mariners foolishly offered it.

  13. chill1184 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I think if the news about Iglesias is bad (I really havent read much on it) than the Tigers will pounce on it. Outside of the Yankees, the Tigers (pending the news on Iglesias) are the only big budget team that could give Drew a nice contract. The Red Sox don’t really seem interested in bringing him back so which can work in the Tigers favor. They simply can say to Boras “Look we’re one of the few teams that is willing to spend the money on him, this is our offer take it of leave it”

  14. luz56 - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I have a hard time understanding that 14M is not enough for 1 year….hope you rot at home

  15. scoobies05 - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    in order for this system to be in place, the owners and the union had to agree to it. just sayin

  16. yahmule - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Honestly, setting aside the financial aspect, I’m surprised Kendrys is willing to sit out more time after missing nearly two entire seasons with a knee injury.

  17. mybrunoblog - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I get tired of hearing people criticize players who turn down big money deals. Yeah I get it. Many folks live paycheck to paycheck and aren’t offered $14 million a year to play a game. That said, most people who follow baseball probably played a little at some pint right? Do we realize just how rare and special these players are. The skill it takes to not only play in the big leagues but be a decent player is off the charts. A very rare commodity indeed. Yes, they collect big but they possess something less than 700 people in the world can do.

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