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“No way” Yankees sign Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales

Apr 14, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Agent Scott Boras is raising stink over anonymous executives making comments about his unsigned clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales, claiming they were “damaged” by the comments and “it’s a clear violation of the CBA.”

Meanwhile, the Yankees have been wrecked by injuries and could clearly use some reinforcements. Good fit? Not really, apparently.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York there’s “no way” the Yankees sign either Drew or Morales because they’re both still asking for a lot of money.

Instead the Yankees will keep reaching down into the Triple-A ranks for short-term help and try to tread water until some of their injured regulars return.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    At some point I think the baseball world needs to ask if draft pick compensation has hurt free agents, or if Scott Boras has hurt free agents. All of the non-Boras free agents received decent contracts.

    • Caught Looking - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      This is the same Scott Boras who insisted last month that he had a three year $39 million offer on the table for Drew.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/22/report-scott-boras-insists-he-has-three-year-39m-offer-on-the-table-for-stephen-drew/

      • tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Great point! So are the teams colluding against his clients or did he and his client foolishly turn down an offer that was more than fair for a middle infielder over 30 years old who has missed a bunch of time due to injuries in recent seasons? He can’t have it both ways. So if there never was such an offer, it looks like he hurt his own client’s shot at winning a collusin case by publicly stating to have received an offer that was more than Buster’s sources said he’s worth. It’s like he thinks that a player who turns down the Qualifying Offer is automatically entitled to make at least that amount per year on a multi-year deal and anything less is an insult.

      • billybawl - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        If Drew/Morales sign generous deals the day after the draft pick issue goes away, who do we blame?

      • dakotaandotter - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        what he didn’t say is who made the offer. maybe boras made it himself to someone so he could say there was one on the table.

      • masher1965 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Yes he did, I guess Boras lied, what a shock, huh ??

    • fleaman1381 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I think teams would be willing to deal with Boras OR lose the draft pick… but both is way too much to handle. So I think the combination of the two is hurting free agents.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Boras in the past has gotten vast sums for his self and the clients he has represented. He achieved his successes by manipulating teams against each other . He would also leak false rumors of excessive contracts that were made by some unknown ball club. However, it seems the his marks have finely caught on that Boras has been playing them. Additionally, some question if he puts his own interest above his player clients. I’m not sure if this is true, but it is difficult to trust him.

  2. onbucky96 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    So Scott wants his cake and eat it too? How many teams has he “damaged” w/his “mystery team” b.s. to drum up interest in his clients? Go away Scott.

    • gbrim - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      The only people that can make Boras go away are the players who hire him. If his phone stops ringing he will retire, write a book, and leave fans and baseball better off without him.

      • billybawl - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        And the fact that players haven’t stopped hiring him — including Morales and Drew — says something. This isn’t their first time at the rodeo, and their (in)action suggests to me that they aren’t blaming him (yet) for their predicament. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.

      • dakotaandotter - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        billybawl – they probably are blaming him some but they’re not going to come out and say that publicly.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      How many teams has Boras “damaged” you ask? None.

      He could NOT and did NOT MAKE them sign any of his free agents.

      The men on the other side of the deal were there of their own free will. Boras didn’t have a gun to their heads.

      Those men could have said no the SAME way those men are saying NO to Broas about Drew and Morales now… it would have worked back then saying no to him too but THEY CHOSE to say yes and make the offer to the player(s)…

      This is just like when fans get mad at some players for their huge contracts… well ANY of us would sign our names on the dotted line for a guaranteed windfall of a hundred plus million dollars…

      It is NOT the players fault the teams make those offers to them. The players did NOT make the teams offer what they did…

      IF that was the case then players such as Drew and Morales would be doing that to teams right now to obtain a large contract…

      It takes TWO sides to make a deal… and both of those sides have to want to do it on their own…

      • nomoreliesfortoday - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Aren’t you Scott’s nephew?

  3. aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Yankees definitely need a 1st baseman, sign Morales now! XD

    • banksatdixie - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Yes, they do need a first baseman. Unfortunately if they sign Morales they’ll still need a first baseman. You know, since he is a DH….

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Why? Even if they signed Morales, the Yankees would still need a first baseman.

    • renaado - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Uhm… Achaela? Shouln’t we just wait until results popout? Cause base on your statement you are definitely striking out here…ALOT.

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Gyaaaahhh!! This pitches are nassty! You better teach me about players secondary position tomorrow Ren! I don’t want to be a noob forever to be at this sport for long.

      • renaado - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        LoL what!? XD.. You do realize it’s already 3:30 in the morning here right?

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Wow… My clock can go to hell right now.

      • pauleee - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        These guys are better than Abbott & Costello!

    • pauleee - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Before the broken leg, he was more than serviceable at first for the Angels.

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        What!? I’m a girl for Christ sakes! The name “Achaela” is not that of a masculine name you know! I just search the net about them and don’t ever compare me to those old timers cause I have my own style.

  4. fleaman1381 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I would sign Morales before Drew… but the price is too high for either (both $$$ and draft pick).

  5. braddavery - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I feel so badly for Drew, Morales and Boras. lol this ‘Woa is us’ routine Boras uses time and time again is pathetic. Trying to generate pity for grown men who turned down millions upon millions to play a sport. Give me a break. The draft compensation thing is a joke, but these guys could have signed months ago. Boo freaking hoo.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    I do think it is somewhat amusing that, when the Yankees sign high priced free agent, everyone screams that they are just trying to buy a championship, but when they don’t sign high priced free agents they are being cheap and damaging the team. I have no pity for the Yankees brass, but they really can’t win (except those 28 times they did win).

    • Reflex - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I kind of feel its the other way around. Yankees fans consistently seem to excuse high spending with “28 championships” and accuse others of simply being jealous. But now that they aren’t spending freely they try to pretend it is some sort of team virtue that they are being fiscally restrained. You can’t have it both ways.

      If #29 meant anything the Yanks would have re-signed Cano, attempted to keep A-Rod on the field, and signed a backup first baseman of some sort. Hell, if it meant anything to them they’d grab both Drew and Morales right now. Drew might even be worth a 2-3 year deal given the dearth of SS prospects in their system.

      Instead its a lot of excuses. And the fans are eating it up and defending them. Amazing.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Definitely some of that, too. Maybe we can split the difference between “can’t have it both ways” and “can’t win no matter what.”

      • Reflex - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Well I do agree that they can’t win no matter what. I mean, have you seen that infield?

        Seriously I know that winning teams always have haters no matter what they do, how much they win, or how much money they spend putting a quality product on the field. I don’t actually hate them for spending money even if I sometimes laugh at the more obviously bad deals. I just think its silly for the fans to be propping up their excuses for not spending money this year. Their farm system is barren, their stars are aging, Jeter is retiring, and they aren’t going to try to push for another title or two before they have to reload? This year and last they really should have been all in.

      • Reflex - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        WordPress took out my tag that I was joking about the first sentence! Sorry about that!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Well I do agree that they can’t win no matter what. I mean, have you seen that infield?

        It’s a bit hard with all the drinking, but i try not to anyhow. Good god it’s painful!

      • bigharold - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Just because the Yankees refused to give Cano the ridiculous contract the Mariners gave him does mean that they are any less serious about wining the WS. What is truly amazing is the Yankees exercise some prudence with regard to 10 year contracts and there are people STILL willing to question it. Likely the same people would have lambasted them had they given him the contract saying; it’s the same old Yankees.

        The bottom line here is it’s way too early to determine it’s time for desperate measures. Some time between Memorial Day and the 4th of July the Yankee FO will have a much better idea how the team shapes up and, more importantly, what areas need the most attention. In the mean, Solarte and Johnson are doing great, the Yankees are in the thick of it and the season is underway.

      • Reflex - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        bigharold –

        The Cano contract was not ridiculous. Cano is easily the best second baseman in the game and one of the top ten players period. That will not go away any time soon. The game is awash in cash right now, including the Yankees. Player contracts are rising as a result. Teams are taking chances and buying out arbitration years and early free agency for their stars and potential stars. Cabrera just got a deal that dwarfs them all.

        If the Yankees truly feel that the best second baseman in the game did not deserve that contract then you can count the Yankees out going forward. The Cano deal is the new normal for players of that caliber. And that has been the case for about three years now.

        Better hope they can develop a farm system, Rays style. And be willing to see the team in the wilderness until that time.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        reflex

        the Cano contract IS beyond ridiculous…

        It will be such a bad deal for them overall…

        where has common sense gone folks…?

      • Reflex - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        sportsfan –

        Great insight. I don’t suppose you can explain why it is so bad. I mean, I could see your point if the M’s were the Rays revenue wise, but they aren’t. This deal looks an awful lot like the Werth deal to me, a deal that sounds big at the time but that is soon pretty much the norm, and the player is reliable and continues to perform. Plus it gives the franchise credibility as a destination for other free agents.

    • brandonmauk - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      A lot fans got pissed that they got cheap the in the 12-13 offseason because they did absolutely nothing to upgrade the team, and they tried quick fixes like Reid Brignac, Ben Francisco, Chris Nelson, and other bums.

      • genericcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        189!

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Rightly so. The team prints money. While they still spent significantly in 12/13, think about the revenue the team generates vs. the investment in the product. It would be one thing if the team were being responsible by developing prospects and breaking them into the majors. 2013 saw Brignac, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay get WAY TOOT MUCH playing time for not other reason but they were cheap. That right there is the worst of both worlds.

    • cackalackyank - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Just checking in. NYY has 27 rings right now…not 28.

  7. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    NOTE FOR ALL FUTURE CEREAL KILLERS. BASEBALL NEEDS CLEANSING. I promise to send fresh baked cookies and porn magazines every week to a select cell chosen by our government. CHIN UP

    • phantomspaceman - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      What has Count Chocula done to make you so mad that you’d wish him dead?

    • tinkeringwheneverigetachance - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      OMG I am in trouble. I shot a box of Corn Flakes this morning!

    • masher1965 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      “cereal killers ” ?? Great, not only are you a mental midget for suggesting a baseball player for “cleaning up baseball”, but you can’t even use the correct word. Too much dope , an offspring of inbreeding, or BOTH??

  8. silverdeer - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    You knew this was going to happen when Boras couldn’t swindle Mr. Ilitch again. If he couldn’t get the Tigers to bite after Iglesias went down, nobody was going to touch Drew until much, much later in the season, if at all. Betcha Stephan is wishing he had signed that offer sheet now.

  9. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    and yes I know I misspelled serial.

    • masher1965 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      You sir, are a moron

  10. musketmaniac - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Actually it was that dam frog

  11. matt14gg - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Scott Boras is proof that if shame is not an emotion you possess the world is your oyster. OTOH, Stephen Drew has made clear that, much like his brother, “the game” was NEVER as important as “the money”. And if that’s the case he’ll be happy to bide his time. At some point Boras will sue for peace, take the best available deal, rail at “the system” and declare victory. I certainly fault Boras, but he’s nothing w/o clients that encourage his nefarious business practices.

  12. overdrawnagain - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Am I the only guy who remembers Boras represented JD Drew who faked injuries and/or wouldn’t play though those injuries….ever! Yet he still got big ole overpriced contracts yr after yr. Maybe Boras representing little bro Stevie conjures up too many bad memories

  13. tinkeringwheneverigetachance - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Stephen Drew has averaged 96 games per season for the past three years. He made $9.5 million a year ago. He had a very average 2013 and was hardly the elite player of Boras’ dreams. He turned down $14.1 million. That is almost a 50% raise. I am on Social Security and got a 1.5% raise after a very average year. It is hard to blame the system and the teams when the issue is greed and a delusional agent.

  14. dakotaandotter - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    anything to deflect attention away from himself and not advising these guys to accept the $14M qualifying offer they received and then foolishly turned down. how did that decision work out for you?

  15. friscoal - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I think it was PT Barnum who once said, “You can’t cheat an honest man”. Both Drew and Morales know exactly what Boras is all about. Their greed exceeds their talents.

  16. observer82ab - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I am not as familiar with Morales as with Drew. $14 Million AND a draft pick is WAY too much for an average player who is fragile. IMO!

  17. ltpm3 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    These two players can blame boras for still siting home. Drew was offered $14 million by the Red Sox and and Boras turned it own. Morons!

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