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Report: Scott Boras insists he has three-year, $39M offer on the table for Stephen Drew

Mar 22, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

With a little over one week remaining before the (traditional) start of the regular season, free agent Stephen Drew has yet to find a home. And while some have speculated that the Tigers could be a potential match given that Jose Iglesias is expected to miss the season with stress fractures in both of his legs, there doesn’t appear to be anything there. Still, Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, insists that there’s legitimate interest in his client:

Honestly, what do you expect him to say? Boras is in the business of making his clients look wanted. So we probably shouldn’t make too much out of this. The real question is that if Drew really has an offer like this on the table, what the heck is he waiting for? Hard to believe he could do much better.

  1. paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Well, if I was a GM and Boras told me that, I’d ask him why he was talking to me, because it was far more than I planned on offering.

    • chacochicken - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      So what is it going to take for me to put Stephen Drew in your shortstop spot this season? He’s got some great offers but he’s willing to take a little less to play for whoever you are wherever I currently am. He really likes the enthusiasm of whatever constitutes your particular fan base. Why don’t we hit him some grounders?

      • jrbdmb - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        “he’s willing to take a little less”

        Words that would never pass thru the lips of Scott Boras.

      • chacochicken - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        A true salesman such as Scott Boras will say literally anything to sell his product. His players virtually always take less than they ask for. It feels better to make it feel like a compromise to the other party even if you only wanted 1/2 of what you ask for. Boras has made a fine living overshooting targets and creating false impressions.

      • mmeyer3387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        You just have presented a very good example of Boras manipulating General managers and owners by playing team rivals against each other. Furthermore, the team is unknown and they may or not be a real team. Board is just up the numbers for his client.

    • bigharold - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      “… because it was far more than I planned on offering.”

      True enough but it’s hard to under estimate Boras. In the past he got deals for his clients that really didn’t make a lick of sense.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Yeah, but that usually happens when he gets direct access to owners….and now most (not all) teams have better analytical departments so that GMs/owners can categorically reject his BS.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Yeah, but Boras had a hell of a run for the past couple of decades… he does love the game and he’s around it…

        he loves the competition aspect of what he does too, even though he’s hated, he does well overall…

        he’s set for about 40 lifetimes too…

      • arrow43050 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        @sportsfan Boras loves the game? He loves winning and he loves money and loves looking like the smartest guy in the room. That is all.

      • ltpm3 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Yea, but he did this one year to Varitek and it ended up costing Varitek about 5 million dollars. The sox offered him 10 million for one year, Boras kept saying he had several multi year offers for Varitek . In the end there were no other offers and Varitek ended up signing with the Sox for $5 million for one year. I would think that players would have learned about Boras from that. He might be able to get the money but its only for the ones he can convince the GM’s are the very best. I think the teams are wising up to him, well all except for the Yankees, he till owns them.

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    The thing is that “supposed” offer to NOT play baseball for 3 years.

  3. m3dman3 - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Ok, so sign that contract already. Stephen Drew isn’t worth half that.

    • shadowshand - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      If Boras/Drew had gotten an offer for HALF that they would have broken an arm going for their pen. This is BS.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Hmm….that’s much better than 1 year and $14.1 million….if you have absolutely no faith in your ability to stay healthy and productive, of course.

    Which is definitely the route to go when you’re talking about a Drew.

    Also, what’s the date on that contract? Is it from like 2009?

  5. chill1184 - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Boras gonna Boras

  6. tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Seriously, I don’t want to be too cynical….but any player that signs Boras as an agent is basically saying “I only care about my paycheck. I don’t care where I play. I don’t care how the team performs. I just want the most money possible.”

    Which really is a perfectly acceptable attitude to have….but not someone I would want on a team I root for, or on a team I play for.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Boras had no problem signing off on Weaver’s below market deal with the Angels. Maybe it’s the players pushing Boras and not the other way around?

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Which changes my original statement how?

        If the players are saying to him “I want the most money possible even if it means I play in Miami surrounded by minor leaguers and only win 50 games” how does that make that player a guy you want on your team?

        If a player says to him “I want to stay here, regardless of the pay” and he gets the best deal with the one team (or the few teams on the guys list) great. He’s doing his job.

        I am just saying the perception I have of a player who retains Boras as his agent is basically a me-first player. Again, nothing wrong with that because that’s how we ALL usually conduct ourselves in our job….but it’s not someone I would want on my team.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Because you made this statement:
        but any player that signs Boras as an agent is basically saying “I only care about my paycheck

        And I showed you that not every player who signs with Boras has that thought. So then your conclusions based on that assumption might also be wrong.

        There’s no cap in baseball, and most of the teams, if not all of them, are making money hand over fist. Why are you judging players for wanting to make money too?

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        Weaver would be a valid point…..if Boras wasn’t his agent when he tumbled in the draft because of his contract demands.

        When he didn’t care where he went as long as he got his money.

        “However, negotiations did not proceed smoothly. Talks broke down multiple times. Boras and client Weaver held out until the last minutes before the May 2005 deadline, becoming the longest holdout in draft history. Weaver received a $4 million signing bonus, less than the $10.5 million originally sought and also less than a $7–8 million range mentioned in the media just months before signing”

        So just because he wanted to stay there AFTER already being there doesn’t actually change the original perception or my original statement.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        And again, I’m not judging players.

        As I said TWICE it’s a perfectly acceptable attitude.

        It is not an attitude I would want on a team I have an interest in.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        I’d take most of those predraft reports with a grain of salt, since it’s all third or fourth hand whispers of what players are “rumored” to have wanted. And some of those demands are also to keep teams the players don’t want to play for out of the bidding; however, point taken.

        But my point stands, why does it matter if a player wants top dollar or not? As long as the player isn’t overinflating his value, i.e. some 6th inning reliever asking for $20M a year, why does it bother you?

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Which part of my posts suggests the attitude bothers me when I have said now THREE times it is a perfectly reasonable attitude?

        I PERSONALLY prefer players who care about winning and the team they play for more or at least equal to what is in their paycheck.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Yeah, Boras has plenty of clients that don’t push for top dollar or that willingly sign below market deals….BUT, his clients that want top dollar are likely to have loud, protracted, and long negotiations….they are also likely to get great contracts…though, of course, there are exceptions, just like for every other agent.

      • nickbeahm - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Boras doesn’t have the power to dictate where his client signs. He can offer advice and what happens is usually the player says what they want and the agent goes and gets the best possible contract. If the player wants to stay in a place and take below market value, Boras doesn’t have a choice but to go with what his client wants, otherwise he is fired. Boras didn’t have a problem with “signing off” on Weaver’s deal not because he doesn’t care about the money, but the exact opposite reason. If he pushed Weaver into negotiations that cause a rift between Weaver and the team or forces Weaver to play elsewhere, Boras would be fired, and Weaver would hire a new agent and that agent gets the commission. Boras would much rather get a nice commission, even if he could have gotten more somewhere else, than no commission at all.

      • dcarroll73 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        tf…, you keep saying that the “show me the money” attitude is perfectly acceptable, but then you pretty much state that it is not acceptable to you (i.e. you would not want a guy with this attitude on a team you rooted for or played on.) I think this is all a matter of degree. A player with any sense realizes that a few extra million at that level is not going to improve your life but the satisfaction of a championship or at least a playoff run will mean something. On the other hand, there is no point at all in giving it away to any billionaire owner so it should still be, “Show me the money!” In Drew’s case he hoped to get a multi-year offer at close to the QO AAV. Boras claims he has 3 yrs. for 39 million which I think would hit that mark IF (a very big word) this is true. If not, maybe he waits until June. You and others trash Drew because he isn’t durable, but doesn’t that make it a very reasonable decision on his part to hold out for a multi-year offer if he can get it at close to the same money? I don’t blame players when I read about teams’ TV contracts (the bloom may soon be off that rose, but until then share the wealth.)

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        In my first post, just slightly above my initial post that spawned this thread, I clearly acknowledged that it makes sense for Stephen (and really ANY Drew) to seek a long term deal even if it is for a lower annual value, because it protects against his inevitable injuries.

        Basically he can’t bet on himself because he will always lose. Which is why it makes sense to find a team dumb enough to take that gamble.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I loooooove my Boras boys. Thank you very much.

      • NatsLady - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Me, too. Starting with Strasburg and Harper. 😉

    • indaburg - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      “Which really is a perfectly acceptable attitude to have….but not someone I would want on a team I root for, or on a team I play for.”

      Fantastic! I’ll send you your Tampa Bay Rays/Oakland A’s fan package in the mail ASAP. We small market team fans welcome you with open arms. You know how I know someone won’t be a Ray? He’s a Boras client.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        I actually would put the Rays as my second favorite team (ditto the Bucs and Lightning) because they are now my local teams.

        But I don’t feel a particular allegiance to them. I root for them to win when they aren’t playing my favorite teams….but I also enjoy laughing at them when they are really awful.

  7. pisano - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    The credibility of Boras rates just below a used car salesman, so take what he says with a grain of salt.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Funny, because the reliability of Drew rates just below a Pinto with 5 previous owners.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        So…are you saying that Drew’s floor boards rusted out two owners ago?

  8. proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    $39 million in which currency? Monopoly money? Bitcoins? Yen? Greenbacks?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      I hope you enjoyed today’s game and Mrs. Kelly’s son’s return to regular form. Sigh.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        In Don Kelly’s defense, you recently did unspeakable things to his voodoo doll. That kind of abuse can take games to undo.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        It was a nice game and the Jays got a lot of hits. Unfortunately, Redmond reverted to form for the Jays. As usual, he ran out of gas in the 6th inning. He has pitched better than Happ, but the 5th starter spot is still uncertain.

  9. Carl Hancock - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    If he had that offer he’d already be signed with whoever made it.

  10. djpostl - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    If he really does then he (and Drew) are morons for not taking it.

  11. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    But wait, I thought he wanted an opt-out after the first year? With Opening Day gone, if the opt-out is included than said team won’t be able to offer a QO. So what’s the benefit for said team?

  12. jfk69 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    At this point who cares.
    While I admire Boras negotiating skills. It is not like he has Ripken or Jeter as a client. At this point he is negotiating with himself. And if I am the owner that sees him leveraging my good offer publicly to get a better one. Then can you guess what I am going to do.
    Sorry Scotty B. Two can play that game. Just business.

  13. historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Hello. Steak is on the table getting cold… Where’s our diner? C’mon, folks. You don’t want to reheat beef of this quality. You can’t just stick this bad boy in the microwave later. I mean, we have a reservation for this table, but we’re willing to give it away if you’re party is all here already…

    • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Just give it to the dog already. Just because you keep calling the cubed steak a porterhouse, doesn’t make it so.

  14. jfk69 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    For the self righteous fan base who feel that a player should play for the less than what his agent can negotiate for him….So you as a fan can have some feel good team concept.
    Then go in and see your boss and ask for a raise. Then when your boss tells you that you are being greedy and not a team player. Go home and tell your family how much of a team player you are.
    While the the Olympics now has the Dream Team and no college players. Yet the NCAA has nothing to say about an event that bills itself all about the purity of amateur sport players Yet no true amateurs can now make the USA Olympic basketball team.
    Just who is the NCAA? A bunch of old rich white guys sitting around trying to divide up all that money with the college’s backing, providing they get their share. All the while, the college players who you go to see should be grateful that we gave you a college education providing you can play and don’t accept any free meals from boosters for 4 years. Don’t get hurt or we will rescind your scholarship. Your a Student Athlete you know.
    And you wonder why a player so should want to be paid as a professional when they finally get the chance. Where do think they learned how the real world operates.

  15. rcali - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Sure he does.

  16. jre80 - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Yeah. He set it on his own coffee table not a gms, otherwise it’d been signed

  17. botlecap - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    If he does have that offer I bet it is only valid after June 1 and that’s why it hasn’t been signed yet.

  18. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:14 AM

  19. sportsnut101 - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I hear its for the cuba national team lol

    Boras then sign it already doesnt even matter which team

  20. jacflash - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    It is not impossible that he has an offer on the table… to start playing in June, after the compensatory draft pick is rendered moot. But 3 years? For a Drew?

  21. ltpm3 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Where is this team? And why isn’t Steven Drew wearing their uniform already? Boras’s lies are catching up to him and this time he is looking like a lying fool. Boras misguided Drew, and so far its cost Drew $14.1 million. If and when Boras does find Drew a team, he should wave his fees. Joking he would never do that even if he did screw the guy over.

  22. ironpeddler255 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Sure Scott, we all believe you.


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