Monday, June 22, 2009

Scott Boras Shouldn't Be Filling Out Lineup Cards

Scott Boras crossed a line the other day.
Agents are supposed to have their clients best interests at heart and speak out on their behalf, but it stops when it comes to trying to fill out the lineup card.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was upset his integrity was questioned. How about the integrity of the game? Slumping players must be put into the game because Scott Boras wants his percentage from Magglio Ordonez’s contract? Please.
If anything, Leyland wasn’t strong enough with his comments about Boras. And it shouldn’t necessarily just be the Tigers speaking out about this, but also Major League Baseball. Where is Bud Selig in all this? Head where it usually is - buried in the sand.
First of all, Ordonez’s contract is outright stupid. Baseball should take a long look at it, and not allow such contracts in the future, so such embarrassing situations can be avoided. Maybe limit the amount of games and at bats put in the clause. At 135 games and 550 plate appearances, performance is going to become the No. 1 issue - not health of the player.
The Tigers would be insane to pay Ordonez $30 million over the next two seasons based on his performance this year. Even if he gets hot when Leyland returns him to the lineup.
It should be the Tigers’ right to play him in fewer games and not have the contract kick in. Or is it, as Boras suggests, just a one-way street? Boras Ave.
It’s called being out of control. Boras is very good at what he does, but it’s gotten to the point now where he is bullying baseball. There has to be a juncture when Bud Selig stops being a wimp and stands up to him. Ordonez might provide the ideal test case.

Random Thoughts

- Ryan Perry has enormous potential, but his lack of command has been disturbing. The Tigers had no choice but to send him to Toledo. His lack of progress wasn’t a good thing for the Tigers. They need that kid, but he just isn’t getting it done. Now they may have extend the role of somebody like Bobby Seay, who is clearly at his best as a situational left-hander.

- The Tigers should move Double-A Erie first baseman Ryan Strieby to Triple-A soon to see how he handles more experienced pitching. Then they’d have a better idea whether Strieby can help them late in the season or in September more than, say, Jeff Larish. Strieby isn’t that young. He’ll be 24 in August.

- Biggest disappointment in the Tigers minor league system this season: Cale Iorg.

My column in Monday's Oakland Press on Matthew Stafford:



Blogger Barry said...

Hey Pat, what part of the Scott Boros’ contract that he wrote for Maggs he doesn’t get. If Mr.Boros was worried about the 33 million being left on the table when he wrote the contract, why would he leave the contract wide open so the Tigers could wriggle out of it. I don’t blame the Tigers for not playing Maggs. Maggs is a poor outfielder and his only real position is DH. You never bench Thames while is swinging a hot bat. Iorg didn't really have a great season last year either. I think Worth has good D and the Dlugach is doing okay at AAA. I am also disappionted in Holliman. I would like to see Rhymes get some playing time too. Sizemore's bat seem good but the glove is a question mark.

3:48 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Seems like Boras is all about Boras. I don't see any of those guys being top-of-the-line prospects. They were counting on Iorg being ready next year. Why Everett only signed a one-year deal.

5:52 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, concerning your comment Friday and I misread your article. To me, Maggs needs a standing ovation for his three good years. He needs a pat on the back and handshake that he will remember forever.

9:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Strieby is a right-handed batter.

10:29 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I stand corrected.

2:50 AM 

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