Baseball’s most prominent deal-maker, Scott Boras, preaches patience as spring training approaches with many marquee players awaiting a preseason destination.
With players association cries of a “race to the bottom” from teams unwilling to invest in free agents — Boras himself pointed to the Miami Marlins selling off stars this winter — dozens of players are without a team to report to this month.
“I’m not ready to evaluate anything because of the market delay,” Boras told ESPN.com. “You have to let the market be a market before you can evaluate it.
“I believe that every good owner in the game wakes up and says there’s an opportunity that exists today that didn’t exist yesterday. Regardless of what the date on the calendar is, if it’s good business, you should do it.”
Among the household names yet to sign are starting pitchers Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder J.D. Martinez. All but Darvish are Boras clients.
When the clock struck 11 a.m. on the east coast Monday, 90 of 167 players who declared for free agency in November remained unsigned.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, many of those players will report to a camp in Florida and hold organized group workouts.
“We’ve had players that reported in February and the middle of March,” he said. “The key thing is, we are dutifully making sure that all of our clients are ready to play.”
–Field Level Media