Scott Boras, who once chewed out our managing editor over a supposed multi-year deal for Joe Crede that never materialized and set SSS aflame for a day, weighed in on a lot of stuff today, during his annual State of Scott Boras (and some of his players) Address.
Encouragingly, his comments on the White Sox were not bitter and spiteful:
A free-agent destination? Scott Boras: "Players look at the White Sox in a very different way than they did two years ago" https://t.co/xooJUDaPCm— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) November 13, 2019
His full quote:
They have a lot of great young talent. It’s a great city. Certainly players look at the White Sox in a very different way than they did two years ago, no question.
Boras had lunch recently with Angels owner Arte Moreno, so cross Gerrit Cole out of your offseason plans (I’m joking?).
Scott Boras said he had lunch with Arte Moreno the other day. Said it was a good lunch. Declined to give a “lunch roster” when asked if Gerrit Cole was in attendance.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) November 13, 2019
"If there were Major League Christmas, 30 stockings would clearly want a lump of Cole" - Scott Boras pic.twitter.com/YO6gBCs8hQ— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) November 13, 2019
Scott Boras: “When you go to the zoo and half the bears are asleep, you’re not able to enjoy the zoo.”— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) November 13, 2019
(in reference to one of his catch phrases today, “competitive hibernation,” which is his colorful take on tanking)
Scott Boras declined comment on the hearings in Washington, but did say, "I'll talk about the impeachment of analytics.''— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 13, 2019
Scott Boras always has a couple of lines ready to go. This one on Nick Castellanos: Old Saint Nick delivers once a year. Young Saint Nick delivers all season. You’ve got a pretty good market for that kind of player.”— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 13, 2019
Agent Scott Boras believes that the #Phillies earned enough money off the signing of Bryce Harper last year to pay for his contract for the next 2 1/2 years (about $65 million). The Phillies' attendance increased by 569,297 fans, an increase of 26.4%— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 13, 2019
(even as a wild overestimation, you’d think these sorts of metrics might motivate the guy with the checkbook on the South Side)
In other news, Rick Hahn spoke again to the media, issuing some boilerplate stuff about converting on some veterans to complement the young core. (Based on last offseason, boilerplate quotes are the recommended avenue for the White Sox front office ... at least until the White Sox convert on somebody.)