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Scott Boras still says Stephen Drew had multi-year offers

May 22, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Stephen Drew re-signed with the Red Sox yesterday, waiting until May 21 to do so and accepting a prorated share of the $14.1 million qualifying offer he turned down at the beginning of the offseason. And yet his agent, Scott Boras, continues to claim that Drew turned down multi-year contract offers from other teams in order to return to Boston.

Here’s what Boras said on MLB Network Radio:

The quest, knowing that Stephen had set forth a path to achieve the dynamic of being an unrestricted free agent the idea was to put himself in a position where the team, and within an environment we knew he could be successful. It turned out we did get multi-year offers as the season opened up but it was Stephen’€™s decision to take a one-year deal and return to the Red Sox and have a chance to compete for another championship.

I suppose it’s possible that at some point in the offseason Drew had multi-year contract offers, but does anyone really believe by the time he decided to return to the Red Sox any of those offers were even distant memories, let alone still on the table? Drew and Boras misjudged the shortstop’s market and he ended up taking less money to return to his old team after having to sit out nearly one-third of the season. Anything else seems like merely a mediocre spin attempt.

  1. timmmah10 - May 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I offered him a multi year deal to cut my lawn for $20 bucks a week.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      But, if he lost range, he’d only be able to mow 3/4 of it, right? :)

  2. renaado - May 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    “It turned out we did get multi-year offers as the season opened up but it was Stephen’s decision to take a one-year deal and return to the Red Sox and have a chance to compete for another championship.”

    Another champioship he say? All for certain it’s not this year though.

  3. hansob - May 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Of course he did. It just wasn’t for $14.1M a year.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I’m guessing it was like 3 for 21 or something like that.

    • sportsdrenched - May 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      10.18 Million

  4. SBoy - May 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Face it Pimp Daddy, you lost this round!

  5. jrbdmb - May 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I think it’s possible that some crappy team with a protected first round pick (i.e. no lost draft pick to sign Drew) threw out a lowball multi-year just to see if Drew would bite. The fact that Boras never mentioned the money involved kinda shows it wasn’t a real offer – an offer Drew would even consider signing.

    In all, I’d say Drew was lucky to get $10M for what will amount to a half season of baseball.

  6. rdillon99 - May 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    He did lose $4M this season, but he does acquire the right to be an unrestricted free agent this coming off-season. As we’ve learned this past off-season, there is substantial value in not having compensation picks attached to his free agency. He has bet on himself to perform well for the rest of this season and get a multi-year offer this off-season. It could very tell turn out that he more than recovers the $4M lost this season in his next contract… To say that they misjudged the shortstop market by rejecting the qualifying offer is not looking at the entire picture.

    • jm91rs - May 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Wouldn’t he have gotten the $14 mil this year and still hit free agency next year? If that’s the case he cost himself $4M, simple as that.

      • rdillon99 - May 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        It is not as simple as that. If he had accepted the qualifying offer last off-season, the Red Sox could again make him a qualifying offer this off-season, meaning that there would again be compensation picks attached to his free agency. Essentially, he would have found himself in the exact same position next off-season as he was this past off-season with a depressed market due to the compensation picks… By rejecting the qualifyuing offer and waiting until after the season started to sign with the Red Sox, the team can not make him a qualfying offer after this season, and he is guaranteed to become a free agent without any compensation picks.

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      I doubt he will recover that. He had a semi-career year with Boston last year, and, unless Boras’ “baseball academy” has him in game shape, he’ll probably wind up with no more than 325 ABs, and some platooning. His BA may go up a tick to .260 and OBP to .340. But, SLG will fall to, say, .410 for an OPS of .750. If that. Offseason? He may get a 2/20, or 3/25. Not much more than that, though.

      • rdillon99 - May 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Like I said in my first post, Drew has bet on his own ability to perform well again this season. I have no idea whether he will or not… But even if you are correct in your assessment of his stats for this year, a middle infielder who can provide league-average offense with steady defense is worth more than 3/$25 on the open market.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Baseball-Reference had him below average each of the past two years. Fangraphs is more generous toward him in 2013 but had him well below average last year. He’s been average at best for his career and is, of course, going to lose range as he ages.

        Let’s not forget his previous contract, from a less-desperate Boston which had no clue it would move from last to World Series, was $9.5M, one year.

        So, I’ll stand by my idea that he had a semi-career year last year, won’t repeat that this year, and will get offers about like what I said.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        I meant that FG had him above average in 2012 but well below last year.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        You can never tell. Last year was his first mostly healthy year in a while.

        No one thought Peralta would get more than $50M after his PED suspension either, but multiple teams made such offers. Based on his production so far this year, the Cardinals aren’t regretting that deal at all (yet). If they get 2 years of 2013-Peralta production (without the PED suspension) and then 2 years of average SS/3B production….they will be ecstatic and the deal will be a steal.

        It shouldn’t be hard for Drew to recover a measly $4M if he has a solid 2014 with Boston.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        And, you make a big point that “last year was his first mostly healthy year in a while.” Peralta, other than being rated 1/4 notch above Drew by BR and FG, has also not had the health issues that Drew has. And, even at “mostly healthy,” Drew was in just 124 games last year and 501 PAs. So, if you think he has a good likelihood of a semi-Peralta contract next year, I think there’s a good likelihood you’re wrong. After all, he didn’t get one this year, did he?

    • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      For anybody who thinks Drew will get a big payday next year?

      I offer Yuniel Escobar as a rough comp, about the same on offense, even worse on defense. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobyu01.shtml

      His contract calls for him to make $13M over 2015-16 *combined.*

      Drew ain’t enough better to draw more than $10M a year after this year as I see it.

      • rdillon99 - May 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Except that Yunel didn’t go through free agency to get that contract. He signed a contract with the Blue Jays that was an obvious discount at the time it was signed, and then gave another discount to the Rays. Their stats might be comparable, but the circusmstances under which Yunel siged his deal is entirely different.

      • SocraticGadfly - May 22, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        I would halfway buy that. Still sets a reasonable benchmark. Average Peralta’s $13.5 over the next four years, and Escobar’s $6.5 over the next three, and you get 3/30, instead of 2/20 or 3/25, OK.

        I’m not going to argue more with you that Drew’s going to do better than that. I’ve made my point and provided decent evidence behind it.

  7. pinkfloydprism - May 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Yes, and I won the lottery jackpot last night too. If he had them he would have taken one.

    • pinkfloydprism - May 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Also… you can tell it is BS right here: “return to the Red Sox and have a chance to compete for another championship.”

      Has he not been watching them this season?

  8. granadafan - May 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Spin job

  9. hieronymous27 - May 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    IMHO Scott Boras is slicker than snot on a doorknob when it comes to concocting a story in order to save face.

  10. aceshigh11 - May 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    What a bunch of word salad gibberish. Was Boras imitating Palin?

    • nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      You betcha! (wink, wink)

  11. xpensivewinos - May 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Boras is lying garbage.

    He’s like an awful comedian that’s never changed his act.

    I question the integrity of anyone that would have this scumbag represent them. There are a lot of excellent agents that serve their clients well while maintaining their integrity and going about their business in a professional manner.

    • rdillon99 - May 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      The players who hire Boras are the ones who are inclined to try to squeeze every dollar that they can out of their career. Generally speaking, Boras has done exceptionally well for his clients in that regard. I don’t find that to be particularly objectionable.

    • anxovies - May 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Yeah, maybe. But I bet you $5 bucks he can kick Solange’s ass anytime she gets frisky.

  12. gothapotamus90210 - May 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Not quite as laughable as the leverage he claimed Harper had, saying that he’d stay in JUCO another year to help his team win a national JUCO title.

  13. cohnjusack - May 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    In other news, I built that bookshelf that way on purpose! I wanted the books to slide off!

  14. paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    The thing I don’t understand is why the players let him talk publicly about their negotiations. I could see allowing some public comments if you thing that drums up interest (but it doesn’t, no team thinks, “Wow, Agent X said 4 teams made multi-year deals for Player Y, we should get in on that….only fan’s think that)…but that is probably mostly feeding player vanity. Otherwise, I don’t understand why players don’t say that they want zero public comments about their negotiations or contract status.

    • 18thstreet - May 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      That’s generally true, but there’s reason to believe that the Mariners added another year and another pile of money to Cano’s contract when word leaked of a big contract on the table, one that happened to be theirs.

      And whether it happened that way or not, it’s still hilarious.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        You are right. I am probably giving owners and GMs far too much credit. Boras is a smart guy, if those strategies didn’t show any evidence of working, he probably wouldn’t use them so much.

      • mikhelb - May 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        On Cano’s case it happened, and it was his dad who said the Yankees were not offering what his son “needed” to sign with the Yankees. He was also the one who leaked the negotiations during the season, and he said “240 millions” it was always that amount (he wears #24, add a zero, and you have your 240, it was that simple). That allowed Robinson to say he was not leaking anything, because the Yankees front office did not like what happened, but sure, in reality it was his dad and one of Robinson’s cousins.

  15. mattymatty2000 - May 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Anything else seems like merely a mediocre spin attempt.

    And by “spin” you mean “lie.”

  16. vapor54 - May 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    just more boring spin

  17. mikhelb - May 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I do believe he had at least two multiyear offers, but those offers said he would be signed AFTER the draft, and he would get to the majors two or three weeks after that. Had he agreed to that, he would be forfeiting another million or so of his prorated contract. That’s why he decided to return to the bosox, it was the only team willing to sign him BEFORE the draft.

  18. jkaflagg - May 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug……Drew took a chance and while he didn’t cash in to the max, he’s still making about $10 million and playing with the defending champs while having a chance to go UFA next year; things could be worse (just ask Kendry Morales)…..

    It seems that pitchers have a better chance to cash in during these situations; by late spring pitchers begin to break down, and while everyone laughed at Erwin Santana’s price tag he suddenly landed with a contender when just about every Atlanta pitcher fell apart….Teams may be more likely to look for stopgap replacements for position players than starting pitchers………..

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