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Scott Boras: “Jake Arrieta is a big squirrel with a lot of nuts in his tree”


Every time there’s a gathering of baseball’s owners or executives such as at the Winter Meetings or the GM and owner meetings, you can rest assured that there will be a Scott Boras media scrum.

He’s the biggest agent in the game and has a say in where the biggest stars in the game will play, so it makes sense that dozens of reporters will crowd around him and hang on his every word. You’d think that, at some point, he’d just hold an actual press conference where everyone could hear him and people could ask questions in an orderly fashion, but I suppose that’ll never happen. Partially because Major League Baseball probably doesn’t want to give him any official imprimatur in the form of a microphone. Probably because I suspect Boras rather likes people crowding around him like he’s a rock star. Thus the scrum.

It’s very, very rare that any actual news comes out of these things. When Boars clients sign, he doesn’t make an announcement. Either the team does or Jon Heyman or someone reports it. If a player is talking to a team seriously, Boras will actually be a source of misinformation, trying to make it appear as if everything is up in the air and there are numerous suitors. He’s an agent. It’s part of his job.

We do get some fun things out of the Boras scrums, however. The Scott Boras metaphors. Stuff like these two nuggets he just dropped down at the owners meetings:

I don’t know either. But, thanks to this, Jake Arrieta‘s name is in the headline of this post and will be in the headline of lots of other stories. I suppose, if he looks at his phone from wherever it is he’s spending his offseason it’ll make him happy to see he’s in the news. Which is also part of an agent’s job, I suppose.

Anyway, congrats on the nuts, Jake.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.