Update 3:55 p.m. Wednesday: Geoff drew Boras duties today while I was tied up with Mike Scioscia. Here’s his video and report.
It’s one of the time-honored traditions of the winter meetings — the Scott Boras media scrum. And today is the day: Word has begun to filter that Boras will plant himself next to a potted plant and hold court this afternoon with the legion of reporters who will be hanging on his every word.
He does this every year, usually on the Wednesday, but sometimes on Tuesday, waxing lyrical on the subject nearest and dearest to his heart. Namely, his clients. More specifically, how his clients are the absolute vital link to the next world championship. And how paying for that link will turn out to be a bargain when weighed against the overflowing revenues in the sport, and the benefit that said client will bring to his team, his community, his nation, and the world.
Last year, in Las Vegas, so many reporters surrounded Boras when he stepped into the Bellagio lobby — he represented free agents Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez, among others — that a hotel official told him he had to park it somewhere else, because he was blocking the paying customers. So Boras ducked into the media work room and continued his oratory near the platform that MLB was using for announcements, while public relations officials blanched. Just what they needed — Scott Boras on their turf pumping up the price of his clients.
This year is a more low-key free agent season for Boras, so it will be amusing to hear him extol the virtues of the likes of Joe Crede and Felipe Lopez. Boras will have to do some especially fancy dancing with regards to Johnny Damon, who is in a tough situation with Curtis Granderson heading to the Yankees. Boras’s big-ticket item this year is Matt Holliday. I’m sure Boras will come armed with voluminous research proving that in comparison to Holliday, Jason Bay is Jeremy Reed.
Concerning the Mariners, Boras represents Adrian Beltre, whose market value he might have over-estimated. Boras and Mariners’ general manager Jack Zduriencik met last night, and it’s possible Beltre could come back to Seattle for a couple of years and then hit the market again in hopes of finding a better economy (not that Boras would ever acknowledge the economy is anything but great).
Boras also represents Jarrod Washburn, who remains an option for the Mariners’ pitching staff, and Hank Blalock, who could fill their first base/DH hole and has the Don Wakamatsu stamp of approval from his coaching days in Texas.
By the time I get done listening to Boras, I’ll be ready to send the whole lot of them straight to Cooperstown.