The Baseball Desert

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Playing the market

Player agent Scott Boras has rarely been out of the news this off-season, and just one day after the A-Rod-to-Boston rumours were revived and then crushed, Boras is back in the limelight. Since he is the agent for two of the biggest, as-yet-unsigned players on the market (Greg Maddux and Ivan Rodriguez), the view is that Boras is playing clubs off against each other with regard to the two players. The Detroit Free Press questions Boras' way of working both sides of the deal, whilst the Chicago Daily Herald goes one step further, saying that the Cubs should hold out against Boras and try to sign Maddux for as little money as possible, and if they can't, they should just let him walk.