A revealing quote from Scott Boras in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When asked about the timetable for Matt Holliday signing somewhere:
“The acquisition of a franchise talent is not about a wristwatch. That’s about all I can tell you. It’s not a
particular time. It’s about the club recognizing the benefit of having
that player and how they’ll be dramatically impacted by the loss of
that player. When that realization takes place, when there is recognition of the
player’s place in the market, then you have an
Note the lack of any comment about the player recognizing the benefit of playing for any particular club. No realization on the part of the player about his place in the market. No mention on what happens if the club fails to agree with Boras’ assessment of where that place really is, in which case his client could be left out in the cold. How long will Johnny Damon be waiting? If the Cardinals follow through on their earlier statements about wanting to have some certainty on Holliday one way or the other by Christmas, how long will he be waiting?
Of course you can’t argue with the historical effectiveness of such an approach.
In the aggregate, Boras has been wildly successful by advancing this
teams-come-to-the-player philosophy. Indeed, Boras’ approach has fundamentally changed the free agent market, and he almost always reaches a near top-of-the-market deal.
But in recent years the free agent market seems to have changed itself. Will Boras adapt? Or will he, as Bill Madden of the New York Daily News thinks, end up leaving his two biggest free agent clients scrambling for work as spring training approaches?