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Scott Boras says anonymous comments about Morales, Drew “a clear violation of the CBA”

Apr 13, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Recently, ESPN’s Buster Olney published quotes from anonymous baseball executives on the value of free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, who remain jobless due to the draft pick compensation attached to them. Their agent, Scott Boras, is none too pleased.

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Boras says the comments constitute “a clear violation of the CBA”.

“It’s a clear violation of the CBA,” Boras said in a phone interview. “As many as five executives continue to use ESPN as a conduit to violate the collective bargaining agreement.”

“The bell is rung,” Boras continued. “Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew were damaged by these comments.”

Union director Tony Clark wasn’t happy about it either, also saying that the comments violated the collective bargaining agreement. He called for commissioner Bud Selig to investigate the comments and punish the executives who made the comments.

It is believed that both Morales and Drew will remain unsigned until after the upcoming amateur draft. Following the draft, the draft pick compensation attached to them will go away and teams will be free to sign them at no penalty. Players are expected to continue to decline qualifying offers.

  1. chiadam - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    And surely Boras has never done anything to violate the CBA.

  2. j0esixpack - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Lighten up Francis

    • ryanaammess - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Anybody touches my stuff and ill kill em.

  3. aresachaela - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I just searched this Boras guy in the net and from what I saw he’s like some kind of “Super agent” or whatever that means, he also seem to have corporation The “Boras corporation” to be exact, but can please anyone tell me about this “CBA” thing ? Is it a movement or some union of some kind there?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      CBA=collective bargaining agreement, the “contract” under which players and teams conduct business.

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        I see.. It’s about player contracts, Thanks eugenesaxe.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        There’s more to it than that, but in this particular case, yes.

  4. chill1184 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    (plays world smallest violin)

  5. pisano - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Gee Scott, you don’t think you’d be part of the problem, do ya? like teams not wanting to sign your overpriced free agents, nah, that just couldn’t be.

    • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:49 AM

      Name the teams which do not have Boras clients.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        The Blue Jays for one.

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        There are plenty of teams that don’t have any Boras clients that have reached FA on their roster. He advises a lot of young prospects, so almost every team has at least 1 guy….but there are plenty of teams that haven’t signed a Boras FA.

      • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        As best as I can tell, it’s the Blue Jays and the Reds.

  6. jrbdmb - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Is it really against the rules for baseball people to voice what everybody already knows? That these two guys aren’t worth $15M plus a first round draft pick?

    • paperlions - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Yes, any form of communication among teams about how they value particular players is collusion, including making comments to a reporter that you know will be made public.

      I don’t think this is a big deal….but it also wouldn’t be a big deal if the offenders just told Buster that he knows that they can’t discuss that.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Yeah, we know you’re losing money Boreass. Maybe don’t be such a tool when dealing with teams?

  8. xpensivewinos - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Only thing worse than a vile scumbag is a vile scumbag who whines and lacks objectivity. Those really are the worst kind of vile scumbags.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Did Scott Boras sleep with both your mom and your wife?

  9. mikhelb - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    But Boras is never upset when anonymous executives during the offseason say that a Boras player is “worth” more than anyone thought.

    Surely Boras never gets upset when “leaked rumours” help his cause with his players.

    • jrbdmb - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      You mean like that 3 year $39M deal for Drew that Boras has sitting on his desk, waiting to be signed since sometime in early March?

  10. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    No way those 2 guys are worth giving up a draft pick for. They’ll just have to sit and wait.

  11. jwbiii - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    He’s right, of course, but what can MLB or the MLBPA do? These were presumably phone conversations between Olney and his sources. He’s not going to burn his sources. A Freedom of Information Act request to the NSA for Olney’s phone records? :)

  12. mzim2756 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Hi, my name is Scott B, I advised my clients to turn down 14 million and a one of my clients to turn down 20il for 2 years,

    now I need to blame someone else
    Thank you for your support
    Thanks for

  13. greymares - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    the fact that 24% of all draft picks make it to the Major League. and 11% sustain viable careers,I don’t think the draft pick is the issue. More so the fact that Boras has over priced his clients. If they change agents they’ll have jobs immediately. By the way any collusion against Boras is justified I.M.O.

    • gmfw7 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      are those stats for 1st round draft picks or all drafts picks?? if they are for 1st rounders then you have a point. if not, then you’d have to figure the percentages for first rounders will be much higher and thus, your point, moot.

  14. thundergunxpres - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    @greymares the draft pick is 100% the reason they aren’t drafted, well that and neither guy is great, drew in particular is an average ss, why would you sign him and give up a chance to have a cheap asset in your system who in your view has potential

    • paperlions - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      The pick is a small reason why they are not signed. The biggest reasons are they they were and still are asking for more money and years than either is worth. The second biggest is that there are only so many teams and roster spots to go around….if you are asking for too much early on, most teams move on and fill their needs elsewhere, by the end of January, most teams have already spent all of the money they planned on spending or filled all of the holes in their roster….at which point they aren’t looking to pay “full price” for a luxury/back-up option.

      • Liam - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Even if Drew/Morales pulled the Andrew Dawson blank contract move, no one would sign them. The new CBA makes draft picks too important by placing a dollar value on them (i.e., you can’t punt your first round pick and then throw money at a signability guy in the fifth anymore). That’s the issue, 100%. Boras misread the market by not taking the qualifying offer though.

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Not true. There are plenty of teams that have protected picks or that have already burned their 1st round pick.

        The problem is that both guys wanted money as if they are more than a league average player and years as if they are durable and still in their 20s. They are none of those things.

        As noted in the Olney article….there are plenty of teams that would bay them $6-8M year for more than 1 year even with the loss of the draft pick….what there are not….are any teams willing to pay them $12-14M/year for multiple years even without the pick.

      • clydeserra - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        I think the pick is bigger than a small piece. Drew is just as valuable as Jhonny peralta (I think more YMMV,)

      • paperlions - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Drew hasn’t been as good as Peralta or as durable as Peralta; Peralta has nearly double the career WAR. The Cardinals were never interested in Drew because he’s left-handed and their team is lefty-heavy already (Jay, Carpenter, Wong, Descalso, Adams, Taveras). For who else would Drew represent a huge upgrade over what they had and be worth the money he was asking for? Again, the biggest problem with Drew is that he was looking for too many years and dollars and teams moved on and filled their SS needs elsewhere. There weren’t that many teams looking for a SS this year, and there were and still are a lot of options….teams could trade for Didi or Franklin and those guys haven’t been moved either.

      • clydeserra - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Meh, Drew is slightly younger, (as for total WAR, Peralta has 3 more seasons than Drew) he has been better every full year (I understand his injury prone label, but he played enough last year to make me think it was more flukey).

        He is also more consistently a positive for defense, I am not sure who the real Jhonny Peralta defensive shortstop is .

        Like I said, your mileage may vary, they are very similar, both with warts. If I had a choice, I’d go with drew.

  15. racksie - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I think the interesting thing is guys turning down the qualifying offers from teams. Teams have a set dollar number to offer their own free agents. And this year that was $14 million. And guys were just turning it down. For the opportunity to hit the open market, for more years and likely less money, and teams giving up a first round pick. And a Boras client is probably holding out for the $14 million they turned down from their own team.

    • tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I’m sure that’s exactly what these guys are holding out for. Quite frankly, they might be lucky to get $14 million for 2 years at this point. One guy is a 31-year old SS who played 124 games last year and 165 games combined in the 2 years prior to that. The other guy is a DH who happens to own a 1B glove, so he’s basically limited to the AL at a time when teams are starting to value the DH spot as a rotation to give players a rest while keeping their bats in the lineup rather than using it for a guy whose presence in the field means someone else got hurt or it’s a 19-inning game and they ran out of options and are praying that the ball never comes anywhere close to what is either the slowest guy on the team or a guy with cinderblocks for hands (or both). How much is Ortiz making? Morales and Boras think he’s going to get anywhere near that and that it’s collusion if he doesn’t? That’s like a kid not studying for a final exam and then blaming the teacher for making the test too hard.

  16. rickscherger - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Funny how Boras can use the media to say his players have received significant offers when they havent. Boras seems to be a manipulative man. He thinks he can do whatever he wants. Agents are the biggest problem in sports.

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      List all the owners and GMs to whose head boras put a loaded gun and signed his clients because of it.

    • sandwiches4ever - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      He can. That’s not a violation of the CBA in fact. However, separate teams discussing the value of a FA player is, in fact, collusion.

  17. tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    And next season another mid-level Boras client will hit free agency and turn down the Qualifying Offer because he believes Boras when he says he can get him more than that. I’ not really sure where the collusion is in thhis case. Obviously, no team thinks either of these players is worth what Boras is asking at the moment. If a team valued either guy the way they and their agent do, at least one of them would be playing somewhere right now.

  18. onbucky96 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Round Steak is on the menu at Chez Boras. What a tool, next time take the guaranteed $14 million offer, odds are the team only wanted the draft pick anyway. STFU Scott!

  19. righthandofjustice - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Yes, it is a violation of the CBA but for this kind of violations the teams executives will only be fined some money.

    The players can sue but unless they can prove ESPN relayed the team executives’ comments to other team executives the judge will likely order the case to be settled in an arbitration, and the arbitrator will look at Rob Manfred’s face and say he is definitely believable and MLB can do anything, including illegal activities, to protect their image.

  20. atepper001 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Drew’s play on the field and in the batters box in relation to his agents contract demands are a violation of common sense.

  21. friscoal - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Well! I think your clients Agent is a slug.

    Signed:
    John Doe

  22. timmons94 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Bryce Harper better start hitting. Boras already basically said he is better than trout. I refuse to watch angels games in Anaheim. Seeing him behind home plate in his suite. Sickens me. Guy is a total disgrace

  23. iwearshoesinhentucky - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Just have your clients take more PEDs

  24. kanolee - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    Maybe just maybe it is the time that management starts to retaliate against the ruthless agent…

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