Boras is Out of His Mind!

November 4, 2008 at 6:35 pm 8 comments


According to WEEI Blogs Scott Boras declared to reporters that Jason Varitek should get Jorge Posada money. That’s a 4-year $52.4M deal for a non-hitting catcher who will be 37 next April. The man has lost his frickin mind!

Sure, Varitek can call a good game and is a “Captain” but the man can’t hit anymore and his fielding is not elite anymore. He is hardly worth $7M a year let alone the $13.1M per year Boras is saying he is worth. This is from WEEI:

Boras cited the catchers’ similar age at the time of their free agency, along with the fact that the Red Sox have a 60 percent winning percentage when Varitek has started over the last five years. Boras also surmised that the Sox’ captain’s personal issues played a hand in his struggles over the 2008 season.

He may be the same age Posada was but Posada was/is the superior hitter by a landslide.

Also, who cares what the winning percentage over the last five years with Varitek in the lineup was? One player doesn’t carry a baseball team like one player can in basketball or football. I’m sure Varitek’s stats over the last three years (’06 – .238/.325/.400, ’07 – .255/.367/.421, ’08 – .220/.313/.359) have helped the Red Sox as much as Boras says they have.

Lastly, Boras uses a lame excuse for Varitek’s poor season. Personla problems? Really? Well, I guess that explains it. I guess he won’t have personal issues the next 4 years, right Scott? Just lame.

Boras gives some very poor reasons why his client deserves such a big deal. No one will give this kind of deal to Jason Varitek, a guy that won’t even make my top 40 of my top 50 potential free agents for the 2009 season (coming soon). Boras has been out of line many times in his career but this might be his most outrageous demand of all-time.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim  |  November 5, 2008 at 1:16 am

    He’s doing his job. Any good agent knows you start the asking price extremely high with hopes of settling somewhere near the middle–which still ends up being much more money than the player deserves.

    It’s obviously out of line, but I think it’d be naive to believe he doesn’t already know that.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 5, 2008 at 8:29 am

    I know Boras knows it. Agents do start the asking price high but not that ridiculously high. I don’t Varitek is worth the middle ground either.

  • 3. erik  |  November 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    All I know is I want Boras to get me a job.

  • 4. John Cloutman  |  November 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    While Varitek couldn’t hit a Bar League Softball this season, he is still arguably one of the best signal callers in the MLB. I understand that he is not worth Posada money, but he would be a great fit with a team that has a good offense and young pitching that needs to learn a lot more about how to pitch in the MLB. Tek has caught more no hitters than any other catcher in history. While his hitting days are gone he will always be able to call a great game.

    Teams like Oakland, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and San Franscisco could all use help with their pitching staff even though they do not have explosive offenses.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 6, 2008 at 11:47 am

    The main problem is that of those teams you mentioned only SF is likely to spend money. OAK has Suzuki and a low budget, KC has no money to spend and Olivo, PIT has Doumit and Paulino, Seattle needs to rebuild and has Johjima under a bad contract and they don’t need another catcher with a bad contract while Jeff Clement is ready to play.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 8, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Boras is also saying Oliver Perez is on his way to becoming Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax. Geez…

  • 7. John Cloutman  |  November 9, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I understand that those teams either have catchers or are unwilling to spend the money. I agree with the majority of your article, I was just trying to state that while he can’t hit, he is still a premier catcher due what he can due with a pitching staff.

    On the Perez comment, I have to agree Boras is out of his damn mind.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 10, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I agree about his intagibles, sorry for the mis-interpretation.


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