Scott Boras on positioning his No. 1 free agent in the marketplace:
“I think that, first of all, whenever you enter into a negotiation you want to have a basis that is without opinion. And I think that if you can begin that negotiation with that and you can come in and talk about, you know, you can look at comparisons of players and, obviously, players that are signed most recently and the players that are in the category of a comparison for a Matt Holliday. Of course, you have a Mark Teixeira. Where a Matt Holliday may have over the last three years, you may look at these players and their performance when Teixeira signed last year, and you can draw comparisons of Matt has a higher OPS or he has a higher on-base percentage. He has 40 more runs scored over a three year period. He has a much higher average, by 30 points, over the three years. The only advantage that Teixeira would have would be that he had 11 home runs more than Matt did over a three year period. And so when you go to look at those comparisons you first of all talk about the class, and we have a class of an elite player. And that is defined by metrics in the game that are really looked at without opinion. And you go from there and say, ‘What teams then are in pursuit of a player with this dynamic?’ And you talk about the leadership, you talk about who the player is off the field because of the level of investment. And usually ownership is involved at these levels. Any baseball person would want Matt Holliday on their team and then you are dealing with owners who are talking about the financial commitment required.”
It's my opinion that when you look at Holliday's stats over the last three seasons and compare them to Teixeira's, they're not as good because Holliday played many of his games in Coors Field, and the great majority of his games in the National League. It's also my opinion that Holliday, because he's a year older today than Teixeira was a year ago, is just slightly less attractive than Teixeira was, for that reason alone. It's also my opinion that Scott Boras, who after all is simply doing his job -- trying to gin up interest in his clients and making his clients feel like they're the most special clients in the world -- should never be taken seriously as a baseball analyst. Because while he certainly has the necessary intellect, he doesn't have anything like the necessary interest. Not for public consumption, anyway. In my opinion.