Scott Boras holds court
|11.10.09 at 7:46 pm ET|
CHICAGO — Agent Scott Boras met with a swarm of reporters in the lobby of the O’Hare International Airport Hilton early Tuesday evening, speaking on everything from the state of the game’s economy, to the futures of clients such as Matt Holliday, Johnny Damon, and Jason Varitek, and his relationship with the Red Sox front office.
The get-together lasted more than 30 minutes, and was a prelude to Boras meeting with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein later Tuesday night. With that in mind, here are some of the Red Sox-related highlights:
How would you respond to Jason Bay’s agent calling his client the free agent market’s most complete player?
I represent Matt Holliday and I’ll serve as an advocate. I don’t know what criteria he’s looking at, and that’s fine. All I can tell you is that I’ve been around baseball for a long time as a player and now as an agent and the reality of it that Matt Holliday is a complete player. That’s all I’ll say.
Regarding his relationship with the Red Sox front office
After this season I would say that the Boston Red Sox had a chance to sign Mark Teixeira before the New York Yankees did, because we gave them an offer. That’s the best I can do for owners, it really is. When you give them a chance to sign a player, that’s … the player was earnest in coming there at the time and he presented them with an offer they could have accepted.
Where do we stand with Jason Varitek?
I’m going to be talking with Theo and with Tek in the next day or so … I know Jason well enough to know not to speculate on what Jason is going to do.
What about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s approach this offseason?
He was noticeably different when he came back to Boston and he’s got a workout regime he’s carried on in Japan. I haven’t discussed his offseason schedule with him … I think players have to come in in great shape. Their talent is best served when they’re in great shape. Anything other than that I think it’s an issue both the players and their camp and the team and their camp should earnestly discuss if that’s not the case.
(Note: There is some discussion about Matsuzaka attending Athletes Performance in Arizona)
One quick note: Boras said he believes there are less than 30 franchise players in baseball.
The complete transcript to come …
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