Boras backtracks on Mets

On second thought, Scott Boras decided there’s no sense in biting the hand that feeds you. That’s why Boras texted Jeff Wilpon – what’s wrong with a phone call? – to say he wasn’t specifically talking about the Mets when he was quoted in The New York Times the other day.

BORAS: Damage control.

I didn’t say it was an apology.

Boras said: “When you’re seeing franchises in major markets not pursuing to the levels that the revenues and the fan base and the market provide, then I think you have an ethical violation of the game.”

Boras said he wasn’t directly talking about the Mets, but might as well have been.

The bottom line is Boras makes his money dealing with teams and is constantly searching for a market for his players. There have been times, and undoubtedly will again, where the Mets are that market.

Boras plays hardball at the negotiating table, and he’s been very successful. It made no sense for him to take a shot at the Mets. If anything, Boras should take aim at the new collective bargaining agreement, which will really sock it to the richer teams in the form of a harsher luxury tax in a few seasons. That’s why the Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner was talking the other day about cutting salary.

It won’t technically be a salary cap, but that’s really semantics and eventually baseball will get what it has always wanted.

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2 thoughts on “Boras backtracks on Mets

  1. “ethical violation of the game.”

    An ethical violation is representing players who cheat with steroids, hgh and other crutches to unnaturally improve their ability to play the game beyond what they are capable in order to make more money for the agent.

    Unethical is to represent players who are older than they are represented to be in order to indicate a player has more upside than they really do. Again to enrich the agent.

    Unethical is not when a club spends less money than the ‘should’ so that an agent makes less money than he ‘should’. The club may engender an unhappy fan base but it is not unethical.

  2. Boras’s actions in trying to create a media frenzy regarding the Mets less than energetic approach to the free agent market can be construed as unethical while denying that is what he is in fact doing.