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Super Agent Scott Boras Approves of the Twins Offseason

Posted by bjohnson2348 , 10 November 2016 · 2,408 views

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Super Agent Scott Boras Approves of the Twins Offseason The opinions of an agent regarding a baseball front office overhaul aren’t usually considered terribly important. However, when that agent is Scott Boras, the comments he makes tend to be worthy of closer attention from both fans and the media.

In this case, the front office in question is the Minnesota Twins, which has brought in two key executives to run the team. Former Cleveland Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey was named the Twins’ chief baseball officer and Thad Levine was tabbed as Minnesota’s general manager after working for the Texas Rangers.

Boras met with the duo to get acquainted with them during the annual general managers’ meetings being held this week in Scottsdale, Arizona. During this period, agents often lay the groundwork with teams to consider potential discussions about players they represent.

After the meetings were over, Boras offered praise for what he perceives as a different approach to the Twins’ past dealings with him. Much of those past discussions were with the team’s former general manager Terry Ryan, who was fired in July.

While Ryan was able to build a number of winners during his two tenures with the team, his approach focused more on traditional aspects of scouting and assessments of players. In contrast, both Levine and Falvey have moved up during their respective careers by paying closer attention to the analytics side of the game.
The analytics approach has been used in the past by franchises with tight budgets, a group that includes the Twins. Most notably, the Oakland Athletics enjoyed an extended level of success, which led to the book and movie, Moneyball.

Crunching numbers is often at the heart of analytics, with the idea being that it will help uncover less expensive options that will produce for a team. The Pohlad family, which has owned the team for more than three decades, has never been one to throw out the kind of money that Boras usually asks for with his clients.
Ryan and Boras generally had few discussions, though Boras respected his baseball acumen. However, Ryan generally would hold on to a draft pick rather than give it up to sign a free agent, no matter if it was a Boras client or not.

Boras has a number of free agents available during this offseason, with Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson one of the main options. However, he’s been given a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Phillies, so he’ll either be re-signing with them or asking for more. Neither option makes it likely that he’ll be wearing a Twins uniform in 2017.

Another key player among Boras free agents will be Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. With the Twins’ starting catcher, Kurt Suzuki, also a free agent, this would seemingly be an option. However, it isn't likely that the team will meet Boras’ asking price for a player who made $15.8 million last year. Still, the melting ice in this once-frosty relationship is a good sign. The Twins were overconfident going into the 2016 season, and are now being much more realistic about their team. The amicable relationship with Boras should serve as a catalyst for some big offseason moves.