I enjoyed reading the article Brett wrote today about the rant Scott Boras wrote and his whiney pitch about fairness. What an asshole!
There is a major point that is missing. Scott Boras wants unlimited free agency so he can command multi billion dollar contracts for the big boys he represents. When the union and owners agree on a collective bargaining agreement that restricts him from doing that so easily .....which means he too take a cut in income, he screams at unfair.
I want to look at fair from another perspective. Is it fair for teams in Tampa, Miami, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and the other small market teams to be able to compete economically with the big market franchises? Is it really good for all baseball teams in the league if, at the beginning of the year 60% of the teams know they have no chance past the first round in post season play?
If Boras had his way, like it was a decade ago, we would be seeing small franchises folding because they would lose what little fan base they have and only the big market franchises survive.
Let's look at the cap on first round draft choices. Half the time the big bonus first rounders never live up to expectations. Let's start with the Cubs 2010 draft because the first rounders should be in the league or very close to it by now.
2010 Hayden Simpson
2009 Brett Jackson
2008 Andrew Cashner
2007 Josh Vitters
2006 Tyler Colvin
2005 Mark Pawelek
2004 does not show they have one
2003 Ryan Harvey
2002 Bobby Brownlie
2001 Mark Prior
2000 Luis Montanez
Now I ask about fair. Would you rather have the aforementioned clowns getting many millions of dollars when they signed, or would you prefer to have that money to extend players on the current team who have actually earned it. Boras bitches because it is not fair to the players. To that Mr. Boras, I say bullshit! While you may represent the $100 million dollar guys, there are a lot of other players who are performing well. When your big boys suck 20% or more from a teams payroll, is it fair to the other players?
Currently the MLB progarm hampers the big market teams from using their money to dominate in the draft. Take that away and the smaller market teams will draft a lower prospect because they know they cannot afford the best player in the draft. Now, they know what the cap is and can draft the best player they deem is available. The better competitive balance in the league, the better it is for all franchises. The worst teams in the league get first shot at the best players in the draft. Now they can afford them as opposed to allowing the big market teams to not only dominate in free agency, but also in the draft.
At the same time, by limiting the money in the draft all together, that frees up payroll money to go to players who have actually earned it. You know like regular people in the work force who actually have to perform well and prove themselves along the way.
So Mr. Boras, some of us know who you are and what you stand for. It is you who wants the biggest agency money you can get and don't much give a damn about the players you do not represent, or the game itself. The game will be better off when you ride off into the sunset with your millions.
Thanks for reading....
PS: Brett as you know I am doing a lot of writing. If you want to turn this into a column piece you have my permission to use any and all of this. You might get some mileage out of an open letter. I wrote one to Rahm Emmanuel about the Cubs and you can search for it and it still pops up.