Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Devil

Q: What do Stephen Strasburg, Dustin Ackley, Donovan Tate, Jacob Turner, and Grant Green all have in common?

A: All were selected in the top 13 of the 2009 MLB Draft, (pick numbers 1,2,3,9,& 13 respectively), none of them have officially signed with the major league club that drafted them, and all are represented by none other than, Super D-Bag agent, Scott Boras.

This is why Scott Boras is the devil. Stephen Strasburg has never thrown a pitch as a professional, when he does it will likely only be on every 5th day, and haven't we seen this act before from Scott Boras and his can't miss pitching prospects...

Tim Belcher- 14 Seasons, 146W-140L, 4.16 ERA, 1519Ks, 860BB, 1.34 WHIP
Ben MacDonald- 9 Seasons, 78W-70L, 3.91 ERA, 894Ks, 437BB, 1.26 WHIP
Mark Prior- 5 Seasons, 42W-29L, 3.51 ERA, 757Ks, 233BB, 1.23 WHIP

All were Boras clients, all were can't miss pitching prospects, and all fell short of the great expectations that were set for them. An argument can be made for Tim Belcher's success but certainly not for MacDonald and Prior.

The point is, these athletes are unproven, untested, and overvalued. They have never seen major league competition. Their contracts should not compensate them for successes they aren't guaranteed to have. Teams should load their contracts with incentives based on wins, innings pitched, Cy Young Award votes, etc., make them prove that they "deserve" the money. When the players prove themselves at the big league level, Scott Boras will get his money.


GM-Carson said...

These guys got rich at the last minute. These are reports, not official figures.

Strasburg- 4 yr $15.67M

Tate- 5 yr $6.25M

Ackley- 5 yr $9.5M

Green- $2.75M

Turner- $6.7M

Scotty said...

I'd like to think that Boras knew I was going to write this post about him and wanted to make a liar out of me.

I like the fact that these deals are for the most part "long term". I don't have as big of a problem giving a prospect his money if the team can lock him up for several years. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if these guys live up to all of their hype.

Jorge Says No! said...

As much as I hate to say this, Boras knows what he's doing. He's single-handily going to ruin the MLB slotting system.

GM-Carson said...

Yes, Boras does know what he's doing, but doesn't mean we have to like it or him.

tamtam said...

if i ever become a baseball player, i know who to avoid as an agent. i agree-his clients are overrated, overpaid, and mediocre.

Burton said...

Well done, Scotty! Excellent post! Welcome to the boards!