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Sport Super-agent Scott Boras calls for mandatory competitive measures in MLB

01:58  14 november  2019
01:58  14 november  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Major League Baseball owners will convene in Beverly Hills this week for their quarterly owners’ meetings, and while there won’t be players picketing outside their posh hotel pleading for owners to start “We have a non- competitive cancer that’s ruining the fabric of this sport,’’ Boras says.

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High-profile agent Scott Boras has a lot to say about competitive balance in Major League Baseball, and he’s hoping to put pressure on owners and players to address it in upcoming collective bargaining negotiations.

Scott Boras wearing a suit and tie © Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Boras criticized the industry’s “competitive hibernation,” and called on the next CBA to include some sort of mechanism to mandate competition going forward.

Boras has a vested interest in this, of course. A third of teams lost 90 or more games in 2019, and four of those 10 teams lost more than 100. To make matters worse, interest in top free agents was limited due to a handful of teams making moves to aggressively compete in the near term, which played a role in the likes of Bryce Harper, a Boras client, not signing with a new team until after spring training had started last March. 

The market was so limited that one star player admitted he signed an extension with his current team partially because he saw what happened to Harper and Manny Machado on the open market.

It’s not clear how one would give the mandate Boras wants. People will suggest a salary cap, but that doesn’t help much when the issue is many teams not spending aggressively. One thing is for sure: Players share Boras’ concerns, and that could mean bad news for the sport’s labor talks going forward.

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Super - agent Scott Boras is no stranger to the spotlight, but his unique role in the sport is in some respects more visible now than ever before. With free agency continuing to move at a remarkably slow pace, Boras provided some interesting comments on the matter to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag.

Agent Scott Boras , with five key clients — J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta and Greg Holland — who remain unsigned, has "I do my job," Boras said in a phone interview with The Athletic. "I care for my clients. I am spending every waking hour trying to bring attention to owners

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