Can Scott Boras and the Red Sox get along?
|01.23.09 at 1:44 pm ET|
There is little doubt that, in the wake of the negotiations with free-agent Mark Teixeira, the Red Sox felt no shortage of hostility towards agent Scott Boras. There are questions about whether the agent was negotiating in good faith, about whether Teixeira ever had interest in going anywhere except the Yankees, about whether he was truly contemplating a Red Sox offer for eight years and $170 million or whether that was only being used as a bargaining chip with other clubs.
Given those concerns, and the lingering ill-will felt towards Boras, it seemed fair to wonder whether the Sox would do business with Boras anytime soon. For instance, there were suggestions that the chill with Boras might influence negotiations with Jason Varitek, a longtime Boras client, or whether the catcher might become some kind of pawn in a tug-of-war between the team and agent.
Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, in an interview this afternoon on the Dale & Holley Show, found it difficult to mask his feelings about Boras, though he did his best to avoid any conflagratory statements.
“What is the old Yogi Berra-ism? ‘I don’t talk about the past. There’s no future in it,’” said Lucchino. “What’s even tougher is to bite my tongue and to not go on some kind of public rant or statement about negotiations that are past.”
Nonetheless, Lucchino made it clear that the team could not allow the Teixeira negotiations to influence other dealings with Boras. Not only does the team have the Varitek negotiations to consider, but it also has several Boras clients–including Daisuke Matsuzaka, J.D. Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury–who will necessitate contact beteen the club and the agent.
“All of this stuff goes into our memory bank,” said Lucchino. “Hopefully we will turn the page internally…
“There is a dilemma,” he continued. “You try to take each player as an individual case or individual matter. What you don’t want to do is have the sense – if you will, in quotes – of having one negotiation carry over and victimize another, as hard as that might be.
As for the business of the offseason, Lucchino said that it was largely concluded, with the exception of the questions surrounding the catching position and Varitek’s possible return. On the idea of the return of the 36-year-old catcher, Lucchino offered little illumination, though he did make clear that the club has not closed the door on the return of its captain.
“That’s an ongoing discussion, more appropriate to private communication than to blasting it across the radio waves,” said Lucchino. “Jason Varitek is someone who has contributed mightily over the course of a long career with us, and deserves every chance to come back and perform with a team he’s been identified with for many years.”
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