The 12 best Scott Boras quotes from the MLB GM meetings
CARLSBAD, CA. — Major League Baseball super agent Scott Boras was the star of the show on Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. The man who loves being in the spotlight grabbed the microphone and started playing all the hits while making the case for his free-agent clients and the changes Major League Baseball should make to its game to accommodate them.
Boras spoke to reporters for approximately an hour in a scrum that was half-centred around the lack of competitiveness across baseball with the rest reserved for his stand-up comedian act. Here are some of Boras’ top quotes from a memorable afternoon at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa:
“For me, Bryant, he’s tall in stature. He’s kind of the Sean Connery of Major League Baseball … Positional versatility makes him Untouchable. He has Bond-like abilities to create a great middle of the lineup. He’s always Red Hot in the Hunt For October. He’s an extraordinary gentleman in a League of His Own. Bryant has many roles, and they’re all hits.” – On free agent Kris Bryant
“Conforto has kind of been the King of Diamonds, Little League World Series. College World Series. And as a Met, he has been an all star, he has been a pennant winner, he was huge in the World Series. He basically has become the King of Queens and in free agency now, he’s the ace of many GMs hearts.” – On free agent Michael Conforto
“Well, there are 29 teams that have their big carts out there, and they’re filling them up … Look at maybe the old adage. What’s upsetting the Big Apple cart? And it might be that it’s rather unattended at the moment. I’m sure that will be there, and we know that in our shopping malls we’re very welcoming to the Big Apple Cart.” — On the vacancy of the Mets’ general manager position.
“In Marcus’s case, he brings a charge to the batter’s box. He insulates the middle infield. So, he’s truly a modern-day Semien conductor, and we all know there a shortage of chips worldwide, so you can imagine the people who come.” – On free agent Marcus Semien
“The Seagers are used to being on big stages, and they have many hits. You can think all those Hollywood nights and postseason MVPs. Oh yeah … I think when you go through all of this you say, homers against the wind, and frankly, he’s a guy everybody knows. He’s like a rock.” – On free agent Corey Seager
“When you think about sculpting a pitching staff and you’re a thinking man, the target, without a doubt, is Rodon.” – On free agent Carlos Rodon
“Teams that are pursuing a championship, they’re certainly not pursuing the minimum. They’re going directly to the Max.” – On free agent Max Scherzer
“Essentially, what we’ve seen happen is, in many ways, the integrity of a season be eroded due to a rule change that occurred in 2012, and that was capping the draft. When that was done, it created an incentive for the race to the bottom because now we have half the major league teams, at some time during the season, being non-competitive, trading off their players, making the game and the season very different than what it was intended to be, and that was having an incentive to win every game that you play.” – On the state of competitiveness in MLB
“We have seen the championship in 60 days, the Atlanta Braves. This is not the fault of any team that doesn’t look at the current rules and say we have to do our best for our team to take advantage. It’s not about the Atlanta Braves or about their general manager or ownership. It’s really about the rules and the rules allowed them to be a less than .500 team on August 1st and add four players, five players, from teams that no longer wanted to compete, and for very little cost, change the entirety of their team and season. “ – On the Braves loading up at the trade deadline
“We saw this unfold to the detriment of teams that created vast expense planning and intellect and won over 100 games. In doing all this, we have now created an understanding that a fan would not know who the true team is until frankly, the trading deadline.” –More on the Braves
“This is the Easter Bunny delivering rotten eggs.” – On the lack of teams trying to win.
“Talent is the steak, and I don’t really care what time dinner is.” — On whether he was concerned about a lockout pushing all transactions into a condensed timeframe next spring.