Agent Scott Boras detects a stunning approach from Red Sox

Agent Scott Boras detects a stunning approach from Red Sox

 

Agent Scott Boras had some interesting remarks about the Red Sox at the GM Meetings Wednesday.

SCOTTSDALE — By now, it’s become an anticipated offseason event — agent Scott Boras delivering his annual address to reporters, riffing on a number of baseball topics, often with convoluted metaphors, groan-inducing puns and the usual bluster.

Boras spoke Wednesday, and in between offering his prescriptions to elevate interest for the World Series (a neutral site for the entirety of the series) and amateur draft, was asked about his impressions of the Red Sox.

Following their second straight last-place finish and a scaled back payroll, the Red Sox have installed Craig Breslow as their new chief baseball officer. Boras said he senses a change of direction from ownership and upper management.

“We met with them as we do with new presidents general managers,” said Boras. “They certainly appeared as though they really wanted to remove themselves from the standing of where they are now and get to a competitive level. That was a very clear message on their part.”

It’s known that Breslow and his staff talked to Boras here about free agent lefty starter Jordan Montgomery. It would not be at all a surprise if another Boras client, lefty starter Blake Snell, also came up during that same meeting.

Boras has other top players on the market, including outfielder Cody Bellinger, but Bellinger, who hits lefthanded, doesn’t seem to a good fit for the Red Sox.

Breslow has made it clear that the Red Sox are determined to upgrade their starting rotation, which faltered in a big way last year. Red Sox starters combined to compile a 4.68 ERA, ranking them 24th out of 30 MLB teams.

Boston’s payroll last year ranked anywhere from ninth to 13th among MLB clubs, but it’s already evident that the team will spend more freely for 2024. Team chairman Tom Werner last week said the club’s approach would be to go “full throttle,” and added there would be few restrictions on Breslow as he seeks to improve the on-field product.

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