If you believe this, you might also believe college football coaches when they say they aren’t going anywhere or that you will be the person to one day pick a perfect NCAA bracket.
Super-agent Scott Boras is up to his usual public negotiating tactics. In this case, however, almost anybody can sniff out the fact that his claims are hollow.
At issue is the status of free agent shortstop and Boras client Stephen Drew. Two teams have a dire need at shortstop, the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets, and yet neither team has expressed much interest. That makes this claim from Boras, via Peter Gammons, especially difficult to believe.
GM today said Scott Boras insists he has three years and $39M on the table for Stephen Drew
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 22, 2014
Granted it wouldn’t be fair to call this an outright lie, but it is hard to take this claim seriously when it comes within 24 hours of a report that Drew is willing to accept a one-year deal from the Tigers. Would that really be the case if he had a three-year offer from another team?
At this point it would be an upset if Drew signs anywhere before the season starts and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will have a team before the amateur draft in June.
Players love Boras because of the way he fights to get them the best deal, but this time around his tactics come off as desperate and hard to take seriously.