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Scott Boras hints Bryce Harper won’t sign Mike Trout-type deal, uses tea metaphor

Mar 29, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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On the heels of Mike Trout signing a six-year, $144.5 million extension with the Angels, you can’t blame Nationals fans for hoping that perhaps Bryce Harper would consider a similar deal. However, Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, hinted to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post today that the Trout contract will have no impact on their plans. Just try to read through the creative tea metaphor:

“I have the pleasure and privilege of watching Mike Trout play every night,” Boras said. “I think he’s a very special cup of tea, for which he is deserving of a completely different brew. While few, I definitely consider Bryce Harper as part of the next generation of elite brand of teas. Certainly as a studied connoisseur, I may hold a differing opinion as to the availability, demand and value of tea futures.”

In his extension, Trout gave up three free agent years in exchange for some (significant) cost certainty and security. This is contrary to how Boras usually operates with his clients, so we shouldn’t expect anything different in this case unless Harper feels strongly about sticking around. Besides, while the 21-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance so far, we likely haven’t seen the best of him yet. Why think about an extension right now?

Harper is under team control through 2018 and his age-28 season. If he can stay healthy and find that next level as many believe that he can, it’s not hard to imagine him landing the richest contract in baseball history. Chances are Boras and Harper won’t give up that opportunity for all the tea in China.

  1. dbldmr - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Scott Boras, the baseball anti-Christ.

    • mpzz - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      If I was a team owner, I wouldn’t have a Boras client anywhere near my roster.

  2. jrbdmb - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Tea? I prefer steak. Once Harper hits well enough to be the the steak, then we can talk extension.

  3. pbastille - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Hadn’t seen “Kilgore” and “Trout” in the same sentence since I stopped reading Vonnegut

  4. mpzz - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    To get back to baseball terms, Harper is an injury-prone .270 hitter. He’s not worth half what Trout is.

  5. 1rdd - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    That’s funny!! A douchebag talking about a teabag.

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