Re: Ells: Deal, qualifying offer, or ...
posted at 5/22/2013 10:42 AM EDT
Based on what I've seen from Ells this year he should be very careful about what "advice" he takes from Borass or he could become the next Jason Veritek.
You'll remember that Borass advised Veritek to explore the FA market to the tune of ~$10MM/year, only to find out that he was much more valuable to the Sox than to anyone else. Ellsbury may very well find himself looking at GM's who don't want a leadoff hitter who can't get on base nor do they want a 30 year old speedster whose speed will decline as he gets older. At least not for the kind of money Boras/Ells is demanding.
My advice to Ells?
1) Start doing what you can do - hitting the ball where it's pitched.
If you find you can do that...
2(a) Retain Boras and call your local yacht broker about a new boat.
If you find you can't hit the ball where it's pitched now
2(b) Change agents and run, don't walk, to BC's office and talk about an extention to your current contract at a team-friendly price because nobody else is going to want you.
Otherwise you may find yourself seeing the footprints left by JV as you crawl back to BC, willing to play for whatever the team will pay you.
Oh, and one more thing, Ells, Don't ever think Boras is operating in your best interests. YOUR best interests are secondary to the size and his percentage of your contract.
Boras is a leech, living off the blood of the players he represents. The fact that he's a very good leech doesn't erase the fact that he's a leech.