Scott Boras rips shortened MLB draft: ‘Sends wrong message’
Once again Scott Boras has a bone to pick with baseball.
The super agent told USA Today Sports on Friday that possibly changing the draft and affecting the money available to amateur players as suggested in the agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA “sends the wrong message.”
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has the ability, based on the agreement between the two groups, to trim the usual 40 rounds of the draft to as few as five rounds for 2020 and 20 rounds for 2021, according to ESPN.
Boras said the shortened draft would hurt not only players but teams as well.
“In reality, you are going to be surrounding [established] players with less-caliber players now,” Boras told USA TODAY Sports. “They need 10 rounds to fill their minor-leagues teams with talent. A sixth-round high school talent is a good player. An eighth-rounder out of college is a good player. They can be All-Star players. Now, they’ll be back in school. … Really, we’re not giving them much of a choice.”
“For owners to do this to these young men, who are so passionate about baseball, is something that they need to examine their conscience,” Boras told the website. “More kids will have to go to [college]. And anyone not taken among the top 200 players will have to go back to school.”
Boras said the money the MLB will save on bonuses won’t even amount to much.
“I’m a big proponent of college, so I want these kids to get their education, but what really bothers me is that kids outside the fifth round deserve their bonuses,” Boras told USA TODAY Sports. “And now they’re freezing their [bonuses] for the next two years, and are paying them late.”
He later added: “I just think in this climate and this environment, you should keep the status quo. You’re sending a message to drafted players: you are major league baseball’s step-child. It’s unconscionable to me for that small amount of money. We’re talking about a whopping $6 million savings over the whole damn draft.”
Source : Brendan Bianowicz Link