Scott Boras has had himself a busy winter so far, negotiating roughly $878 million between four of his clients Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, and Mike Moustakas.
Four of Scott Boras clients have signed for a total of $878M so far this offseason.
Three of his prominent free agents (Hyun-jin Ryu, Dallas Keuchel, Nicholas Castellanos) still remain…. pic.twitter.com/y3Xq3Mr2FY
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With his other top clients such as Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel still available, it’s easy to assume Boras will get his clients over $1 billion before the off-season is over.
Boras appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Alley on Friday, where he claimed that the trend of teams following the Moneyball model does not work, and pointed to the MLB’s 4% drop in attendance in 2018 and early 2019 as proof.
“The fanbase in baseball has spoken about the models baseball is using,” Boras said. “And that is these predicted models where they felt that the successes of teams were going to be measured by something other than I think the fans perception in the ballpark about who great players are.”
Moneyball was made famous by Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane as he was able to field a competitive team in the early 2000s with one of the lowest payrolls in the league, and was widely viewed as a way for small market teams to gain an edge.
The Dodgers have notably drawn criticism from fans for following the analytics-heavy approach rather than taking advantage of their market size to attract free agents.
If you ask Boras though, analytics are on their way out as more teams are willing to shell out big money for big name veterans, as evidenced by Boras’ negotiations this off-season.
Whether that’s true or not, the Dodgers have proven yet again that they do not want to be big players in free agency.