In a report for CBS Sports, Jon Heyman says that Boras has asked MLB to investigate remarks that were made by unnamed team executives in a recent article that appeared on ESPN.
The article speculated on what Drew and Morales may eventually get paid (with some estimating they’d only make $5 or $6 million), and Boras contends that those comments have “damaged” his clients:
It’s a clear violation of the CBA. As many as five executives continue to use ESPN as a conduit to violate the collective bargaining agreement. The bell is rung. Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew were damaged by these comments.
According to Heyman, while MLB will investigate where the comments came from, they’re not of the opinion that a story on ESPN is in any way to blame for the fact that both Drew and Morales are still unsigned. Said MLB COO Rob Manfred:
It is ludicrous, absurd, that one [internet] report somehow alters the market for players who have been out there for months.
While Boras is right that executives are not supposed to comment on the potential value of free agents, this is something that happens all the time and is in no way exclusive to the Drew/Morales situation.
Moreover, these comments were made during the second week of April – more than five months after both Drew and Morales hit the open market.
As he’s been doing since advising both Drew and Morales to turn down their $14.1 million qualifying offers, Boras is trying to blame the system and/or others for the fact that neither of his clients have signed.
While the draft pick compensation that is attached to both Drew and Morales certainly isn’t a positive thing for either of them, it’s also not something that’s preventing them from getting contract offers.
The Mets have been connected to Drew for months, but were apparently only willing to pay him a shade over $9 million on a one-year deal. Lately, Boras has claimed that Drew has a three-year offer in hand, something that’s simply impossible to believe.