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BURNS my bacon

While Buster Olney is on vacation he's having guests write his blog. The first several days were interesting. When I checked ESPN after work I went to his link and saw the byline: Scott Boras. My first thought was, you have to be *&(!@#ing kidding me. I believe that the superagents are bad for all of sports and Boras seems to be on the pantheon of horrible superagents. (NB: I understand he's doing his job maximizing the value of the contracts for his clients). His policy of always taking a player to free agency (i.e., no home town discounts) and his hyper aggressive technique of squeezing every last penny out of the teams drafting high enough to consider his clients is bad for baseball and bad for the competitive balance in MLB.

So it should come as no surprise that his two big fixes for baseball are allowing US Amateur players to enter the market ala Cuban players - a true auction going to the highest bidder (typically with the deepest pockets) and eliminating the compensation picks for signing veteran free agents. 1. He'd like to eliminate caps on MLBs first round picks - if that were the case over the last 5 years Strasburg, Harper, Cole, Correa and Appel would all be in the systems of NYY, BOS, LAA or second tier big spenders. And 2. Concerning compensation picks: seems like a clumsy rule and may work against smaller market teams that have a premium on keeping their draft picks.

The bottom line for me is that ESPN is pandering by allowing Boras any sort of forum. His perspective on free agency and the draft reminds me of the political axiom incorrectly attributed to Ben Franklin: Democracy has been defined as two wolves and a sheep discussing plans for lunch. Along those lines, Boras' say in the matter of the CBA is self-serving and not in the best interest of the game, especially when you cheer for a small market team. I actually commented in the comments section of Buster's Blog (pearls before the swine) and tweeted about the article too.

Rant concluded...

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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