VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
CFL
More
Betting Tools

 
Boras bashes Mets, Cubs and Astros

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Scott Boras had some words for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, and they were far from kind. And he also backed the Tampa Bay Rays' desire for a new ballpark.

Advertisement
On the third day of the general managers' meetings, the baseball agent with the highest profile stood in the hotel lobby for a question-and-answer session that gathered an amount of media so large that hotel security told him to move to a remote corridor.

Boras wants to goad teams into spending more on free agents. When he focused on the Mets, he pointed out their concentration on captain David Wright and young pitchers such as Matt Harvey - his client - and Zack Wheeler.

''The Mets are like NASA,'' Boras said. ''They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They've got one guy with the `Wright' stuff, that's for sure. And they've got a lot of Arm-strongs, too. But they're certainly a club that I'm sure that's in pursuit of a higher level of talent.''

Boras has been stepping up his criticism of large-market teams lacking lofty payrolls. Following the collapse of Bernard Madoff Ponzi's scheme, the Mets have cut payroll by about one-third over the past two seasons and were 17th at about $95 million in the latest 2013 figures.

''I think the ability to spend and actually spending are two different things. And that's only for the Mets to diagnose,'' Boras said. ''Certainly their franchise value has gone through the roof - they're well over $2 billion. They're a very successfully run business operation. The Mets have the ability to do pretty much what they want to do. But it's hard to find astronauts.''

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson responded in a low-key manner: ''I don't think his intergalactic metaphor is exactly right.''

Asked what was incorrect, Alderson said: ''I'm not sure because I've first got to understand it.''

The Cubs were 15th in payroll this year at about $101 million. Boras said the Rickets family, which bought the team four years ago, has put too much emphasis on the redevelopment of Wrigley Field and not enough on major league payroll.

''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.''

Boras compared the Tampa Bay Rays' situation to Charles Dickens' ''Tale of Two Cities,'' saying there was ''the one they're in and the one they should be in.'' The Rays repeatedly have said Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is inadequate, and they drew a major league-low 1.5 million at home despite reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

''They need a new ballpark. They need to address that,'' he said. ''But certainly the bell's been answered by the organization as far as putting a product on the field that would normally attract fans.''

He joked about the Astros, who traded veterans and cut payroll to around $29 million - $13 million less than any other big league team. Houston went a team-worst 51-111 and the Astros' 324 losses over three years matched the 1917 Philadelphia Athletics for third most in major league history.

''The Astros,'' he said, ''they're like Disneyland. If the kids come, it's a great attraction.''

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Friday's Diamond Notes
Mets blank Brewers as road 'dogs
Duffy, Royals cool off Rangers, 8-2
Rays avoid sweep, top Red Sox
Astros pound Indians, 'over' cashes
A's hold off Mariners, 'under' hits
Reds slam slumping Pirates, 5-4
Trout, Angels beat Blue Jays, 8-1
Bundy leads O's past White Sox, 9-3
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
10-4 +784 Wed., 5-1 L6 G-Plays
6-2 +454 Run, 15-5+1,058 G-Plays
13-2 G-Plays, 7-1 Totals, 21-9 Picks
4-1 +Y'day, 6-1 G-Plays, 14-4 Totals
13-2 G-Plays, 49-22 +2,961 Picks
5-2 L7, 16-7 +998 Run, 7-1 G-Plays
3-0, +324 Picks Wednesday
11-2 L13 G-Plays, 11-3 L14 Picks
2-0 Y'day, 7-2 +518 L9, +1,433 TY
11-4, +688 L15 MLB G-Plays
36-19 L55 Totals, 15-8 L23 G-Plays
23-10, +1,379 L33 Guarantees
11-4, +786 Last 15 Selections
8-2 L10 Guaranteed Plays
6-2 Record Wednesday
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Dave Cokin
2018 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 3113
Kyle Hunter + 1538
Scott Rickenbach + 1094
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 2112
Kyle Hunter + 1134
Scott Rickenbach + 1061
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1635
Kyle Hunter + 731
Jim Feist + 710
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 1749
Gary Bart + 1478
Kyle Hunter + 1243
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 982
Jimmy Boyd + 683
TJ Pemberton + 523
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1047
Joe Nelson + 820
NeiltheGreek + 506
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership