Just a couple of days removed from calling out Toronto Blue Jays’ ownership—in an article by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, sports agent Scott Boras was on the FAN590’s Jeff Blair show on Tuesday morning to discuss those issues.
“They’re one of the top 7 or 8 franchises in baseball, as far as their platform. It is a tremendous city. It is a great place to play. It is an ownership base that is something that should create annually one of the top competitive teams in the game,” Boras said. “The reference that I made when called upon certainly has nothing to do with the commitment the Blue Jays have made for 2014. What I was talking about was that the Blue Jays have a rare opportunity, because a team with this type of talent and this type of expenditure in payroll is not going to finish in the bottom 10 again.”
“They’re going to be at minimum in the top 20 in baseball, they have a unique opportunity because they’re drafting in the protected 10, meaning that they could go out there and acquire talent for the first time in the organization’s recent history without losing draft picks.”
Including offering the services of two of his clients and current free agents, short stop Stephen Drew, and designated hitter / first baseman Kendrys Morales would be a good fit for the Blue Jays roster.
“Those players are available to this franchise,” Boras said.
A position that the Blue Jays were looking to fill in the offseason was at second base, however the prospect of signing Drew, who’s primary position is at shortstop, would be dependent on his willingness to shift over and play second. Now Boras has come out and said that his client would be willing to play the position if given a long term contract.
“He [Drew] would play second base if the club came and made the position a long-term one for him,” Boras said.
This was followed by Boras commenting about the Blue Jays current lack of second base depth in the organization.
“For an organization that doesn’t have a premium second baseman in it. They can fill a hole without having to give up a draft pick for it,” Boras said. —“They have no second base prospect in their system.”
As for Kendrys Morales, Boras suggested that he would be an upgrade from Adam Lind at the current DH position. Going as far as to suggest that the Blue Jays could trade Lind for a pitcher, if Morales was signed.
“They need a right-handed bat particularly in their DH area to answer a deficiency they have with Lind where he hits right-handed pitching well, but not left-handed pitching,” Boras said. “There are teams looking for a player like Lind who has contract control and is someone who would probably bring back a good pitcher.”