Agent Scott Boras told the New York Times that baseball and the Mets would be better served if the Wilpons were replaced as the team’s owners.
Wednesday, 7:34 am: Scott Boras texted Jeff Wilpon to clarify comments he felt were misconstrued in an article in the New York Times. Boras insisted he was not specifically talking about the Mets, according to ESPN New York.
Tuesday, 3:38 pm: This morning, Mets GM Sandy Alderson had the following to say, in response to Boras, on SiriusXM’s Evan & Phillips in the Morning:
[jbox color="gray"]“I’m not sure when he made that quote but from my standpoint, it’s nonsense. That’s somebody who is trying to generate a market for players that he represents. So, I think you have to view that statement through that lens. On the other hand, we are expending the kind of resources that we have. The team cannot lose the kind of money that it has over the last couple of years. We need to again get back on a winning footing but also on a sustainable basis that allows us to make quality baseball decisions year-in, year-out without regard really to underlying financial issues. So, you know, Scott has made those comments before about other teams. He makes them generally. It’s in his best intersts to create a market and he does it very well.”[/jbox]
Evan and Phillips in the Morning is broadcasting this week from Florida ballparks as part of the annual SiriusXM MLB Spring Training Tour.
Tuesday, 7:20 am: Boras told the New York Times:
[jbox color="gray"]“The major franchises who are getting the majority of revenues should provide a product, or an attempt at a product, that has the near-highest payrolls commensurate with the markets they are in. … If a player does not perform for the betterment of their team, then teams bring in other players. On the other side, there has to be an equation where there are requirements for ownership to perform at certain levels, and if they don’t, they would lose their right to own a club and be replaced. I believe if we do that, we’re going to have a better game.” [/jbox]
In addition, Boras said, when a franchise is in a major market that is not pursuing to the levels that market provides, “then you have an ethical violation of the game.”
For more quotes from Boras, check out this report to the New York Times.