For an agent that generally uses the Chicago Cubs as negotiating ploy for his top-tier clients that are free agents, Major League Baseball super-agent Scott Boras is not fond of the current strategy that is being implemented by the Chicago Cubs front office.
“You’re developing the infrastructure, but fans don’t come to see seats, grass, cement. They come to see players,” he said. “They’ve done a great job in the draft and development and they’ve got a really good core of young players coming, but it is just not what’s expected when you have a (family) buy a major-market club.”-Scott Boras, ESPN Chicago
Before Cubs fans begin trolling any and all things Boras, remember that he is an agent. An agent is not happy unless their clients are getting paid. In recent history, the Cubs have not paid Boras’ clients. In each of the past three off-seasons, Boras has floated out the Cubs as a team that is interested in one of his top-tier clients.
Two years ago, Boras desperately tried to involve the Cubs in the free agent sweepstakes for first baseman Prince Fielder. The Cubs stayed away from Fielder, who eventually signed a lucrative contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Last winter, Boras floated out the idea that the Cubs were one of the teams interested in free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. For a second straight season, the Cubs stayed away from a Boras client. Bourn eventually signed a four year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.
This winter, Boras has another client that is at the top of the free agent class. Unlike Fielder and Bourn, the Cubs are a match for this particular Boras client. The client is none other than outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The Cubs do have an interest in Ellsbury but not at the current asking price.
That is likely the reason for Boras’ frustration with the Cubs. Boras, like the uninformed minority of Cubs fans, believes that the mere fact that the Cubs are in Chicago is the reason why they need to spend big on the Major League level. That simply is not true. Recent trends have shown that success comes from home-grown talent. That is why the Cubs have spent like a big-market–but in terms of player development.
So to Boras, who you crappin’?