Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; MLB agent Scott Boras is interviewed during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Boras Reiterates That Stephen Drew Is Willing To Wait

In his latest comments about Stephen Drew’s free agency and the draft pick compensation system, agent Scott Boras likened Drew’s free agency to being “in jail” and reiterated that he’s willing to wait until after the June draft to sign:

The system they’ve been dealt has basically prevented them from free agency. They want to make sure about their next step, whatever that will be. It means either signing a long-term contract now — and we’re still taking offers on those — or a number of other prospects that could occur after the season starts or in June, after the draft happens. Like any players, they want to play baseball. But they’re also looking at the long-term aspect of their careers. This system has placed them not in free agency, but it’s placed them in a jail.


Boras ignored the fact that Drew (and Kendrys Morales) both turned down qualifying offers of $14.1 million, and ignored the fact that neither of them is viewed as an elite player on either side of the ball.

Instead, Boras stated that the hand Drew and Morales were dealt offers “no escape,” and that the “integrity of the game” is at hand.

He went on to claim that many other free agents of “lesser performance” are getting compensated “dramatically more” because the stigma of a draft pick wasn’t attached to them.

Boras can get on his soapbox all he wants, and he can shout over and over about how the system is unfair. In a way, it is. However, for the millionth time, draft pick compensation isn’t preventing Drew and Morales from getting jobs. It may be a bit of a hindrance, but it’s not a roadblock.

The fact, is that neither Drew or Morales is in high demand, and neither Drew or Morales is an elite piece. If either were true, they’d be signed already.

Boras can wait for offers that likely won’t come – to the detriment of his clients. Or he can realize he screwed up by advising them to turn down qualifying offers, and work to get deals done for both of them before opening day instead of allowing his ego and arrogance to rule the process.


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  • Not4Nutten

    The Mets should strongly consider signing Steven Drew, they have already lost Ruben Tejada to the terrible mind games of Sandy and Terry and probably have lost Ike Davis as well. The situation with Lagares has not looked well and in time their magic mouths will have knocked off their young pitching studs as well. By signing Drew who just happens to be the #3 defensive shortstop in baseball, they get along with Largares an oustanding beginning of a team that will be as strong as any up the middle, that will allow the young guns less time on the pitchers mound. Murphy has shown defensive improvement and the Mets could use Tejada or Flores as a utility player, while still developing in the majors. As for the second round pick, the Zmets have not done well in the draft the past couple of years and I don’t see that changing. We’re better off with a proven major leaguer. As for Franklin his fielding percentage is a meek 943 and his range is 615 which is not good and we have to give up a prospect, with Drew we don’t lose a player!

    • Jenffrj

      I agree with you. In addition to what you stated re Franklin, he is not really even a SS, but more of a 2B and had a BA of only .225. Also, as you probably are aware, the Mets forfeited their 2nd round pick in signing Granderson, so would only lose a 3rd rounder for Drew.