Nats, Strasburg and Boras: Plenty of drama to come

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Silver Spring, MD

#1 Jun 6, 2009
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Enough is Enough

Astoria, NY

#2 Jun 6, 2009
Yeah, sure Strasburg belongs in the same sentance as DiMaggio and Kaline. More over-hyped crap from Boras.$50 million? And you wonder why MLB will ask for a salary cap. And yes, there is a difference between Strasburg and foreign players who were not drafted.

You'd think that teams would learn from getting burnt by Boras. Here are a few of his best hits:

A-Rod:$500-plus million, zero championships; plays smallest when it counts the most; oh, and that steroid thing.

Barry Zito: most overpaid pitcher in baseball.

Dice K:$17 million per year, average W-L record and ERA on a top team;

Kevin Millwood: 5 yrs,$60 million, 16 wins and 4.52 ERA in '06;

Kevin "Break Down" Brown: 7 years,$105 million, out of baseball before contract expired;

Chan Ho Park: 5 yrs,$65 million, 22 wins and 5.46 ERA during the contract term.

Boras clearly leads the league in overpaid clients.
Boras sucks

Monticello, NY

#3 Jun 7, 2009
The problem is the owners don't have the backbone to battle Boras. And most GMs give in because the talent pool these days is so thin. There are too many baseball teams. Did the Expos have to be saved? The Pirates haven't been relevant in 20 years. The Marlins? Come on...
NYStateOfMind

New York, NY

#4 Jun 7, 2009
Boras sucks wrote:
The problem is the owners don't have the backbone to battle Boras. And most GMs give in because the talent pool these days is so thin. There are too many baseball teams. Did the Expos have to be saved? The Pirates haven't been relevant in 20 years. The Marlins? Come on...
All I know is he gets near premium or premium contracts for those he represents. If I had a son who has the talent that Stephen Strasburg has, Scott Boras is the 1st and only call I make for representation...

I do agree with you on the talent pool in MLB. Did they have to expand in 1993 and 1998? Probably not. I don't think MLB will be expanding it's franchise base any time soon unless some multi billionaire is willing to pay for the vast majority of the cost for a new stadium...
VOR

Bronx, NY

#5 Jun 7, 2009
Strasburg is three major league starts from becoming another Mike Pelfrey, Clayton Kershaw, Jordan Zimmerman, and any number of overhyped guys whose bloom is off their rose.

He will hold him out till he gets a great deal.

Baseball has a history of failure of first round picks that is much greater than other sports. Boaras knows this, and knows this guy will never have a higher value until (and if) he wins 20 games in a season.
NYStateOfMind

New York, NY

#6 Jun 7, 2009
VOR wrote:
Strasburg is three major league starts from becoming another Mike Pelfrey, Clayton Kershaw, Jordan Zimmerman, and any number of overhyped guys whose bloom is off their rose.

He will hold him out till he gets a great deal.

Baseball has a history of failure of first round picks that is much greater than other sports. Boras knows this, and knows this guy will never have a higher value until (and if) he wins 20 games in a season.
To say anyone's success is 3 starts away from others is subjective, at best. Clayton Kershaw is out of HS less than 3 years. Not a good one to use, in my view.

No one can say with any certainty if Stephen Strasburg will be successful. Yes, there's less success in 1st round of the baseball amateur draft than other sports. Doesn't mean it will be that way for Stephen Strasburg.

Boras is doing what any agent/representative is supposed to do. Maximize value for his client. If not for ESPN, other news outlets, and the internet, I don't believe the value would be quite the same in terms of dollars.

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