Boras on Bogaerts, Red Sox
An annual rite of passage at any General Managers Meetings is power agent Scott Boras holding court with a barrage of reporters for 45 minutes or so. That took place today in Boca Raton, but Boras doesn’t have as many Red Sox ties as we’re accustomed to this time of year.
We did ask him about his client Xander Bogaerts, and whether he might sign a long-term deal with the Red Sox several years in advance of free agency.
“Again, anything their clients say to me about their interest in doing things … Xander is very happy in Boston,” Boras said. “He had a great year there. It’s really a relationship between him and the coaching staff. They did a great job with him and he did a great job with him and he did a great job for them so we’re very encouraged about his future there.”
What if Mookie Betts — a non-Boras client — signs an extension? Would that make Bogaerts more apt to do so?
“I don’t know if players look to other players,” Boras said. “Look, the Red Sox have a history of signing players to long-term contracts. I don’t think that’s a secret among players. So the fact that they’ve been an organization that commits to good players and commits to good players long-term, I think all the young players there know they have the capacity to do that. I wouldn’t think the signing of any particular player would affect how [Bogaerts] would view things.”
What if Bogaerts says he’s interested in an extension?
“I would listen,” Boras said. “My job is listening to the player so whenever a player wants to sign a long-term contract I would make sure I would facilitate his goals for him.”
How does Boras think the Red Sox will impact the market this winter?
“The Red Sox have some very good players and their outfield and their up-the-middle, the talent they have at catching, they really have some really, really good players so obviously the teams that are in the playoffs they seem to have that really dominant pitching so that seems to be in today’s times what makes these clubs get past to that championship level. I’m sure they have every intention of focusing on that.”