Scott Boras has no idea what he is talking about with Oakland A’s
By David Hill
Scott Boras feels that the Oakland A’s need to spend more money to contend. Obviously, he is not paying any attention.
Small market teams, such as the Oakland A’s, are essentially the bane of super agent Scott Boras’ existence. His job is to get the most money possible for his clients, and those teams that do not spend in free agency draw his ire. The A’s are one of those teams.
But that will not stop Boras from sharing his thoughts on the A’s or really any topic in baseball. On Tuesday, the agent stated that, in order for the A’s to contend, they need to spend. The A’s stadium situation also needs to be addressed immediately according to Boras, but that is a fairly obvious statement.
So according to Boras, the A’s are not a competitive franchise. Based on his views, one would assume that Oakland is dwelling in the cellar of the AL West, essentially giving teams a free series win every time they appear on the schedule.
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The problem is that money does not always correlate to wins – just ask the Phillies. Oakland may not have a large budget, but they have been a playoff team in each of the last three years, and six of the past nine seasons. They have done this through shrewd trades, developing prospects, and finding the right bargains in free agency.
While the A’s do need to eventually spend some money to keep their core together, that will not happen this offseason. A new stadium will help, but again, that will not happen for a while, especially in the wake of the pandemic. The A’s are likely to be shopping in the bargain aisles once again.
And chances are, that reluctance to spend again this offseason will leave Boras fuming. He will bemoan the A’s lack of payroll, claiming that they cannot possibly contend without blowing past their budget. But at the end of the year, the A’s are likely to be looking at a spot in the postseason as the games are won on the diamond, not by which team spends the most money.
Scott Boras is once again complaining about the Oakland A’s budgetary woes. But to say that they cannot contend is laughable.