The 2018 major league baseball season is underway and it is time to look back and determine which of Agent Mogul Scott Boras won the off-season sweepstakes and which ones lost.
Eric Hosmer: The former slugging first baseman of the Kansas City Royals received the biggest deal…eight years at $144 million ($18 million a year). That is pretty good; however, think of the team that he signed with: the San Diego Padres! This team, out of the National League West, has not won a division title since 2006; their last winning season was in 2010. Their last appearance in the World Series was 1998…in fact, their record in the two World Series they have appeared in is 1-8. In a division that contains the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants, the Padres are not expected to contend for a playoff spot for years to come.
J.D. Martinez: J.D. signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Boston Red Sox; with an opt-out option after the second year. That is a good deal; however, it was not the deal that Martinez and Boras was looking for…and, by holding out, Martinez lost out on an original offer of five years at $125 million. Initially, Boras said that Martinez was looking for a contract somewhere in the $200 million range…like that was going to happen! One thing going in Martinez’s favor: Boston has been a solid team over the past 13 years…three World Series titles. He can pick up a World Series ring, then opt out and sign with another contending team.
Jake Arrieta: The 2015 Cy Young Award winner and proud owner of a World Series ring from 2016, Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract…again, with a questionable team: Philadelphia. The Phillies have not been to the World Series since 2009. There is absolutely NO WAY they are going to unseat Washington as NL East champions any time soon. Perhaps, Arrieta is content with just one World Series ring!
LOSERS (FOR SURE)
Mike Moustakas: This guy really got taken to the cleaners! I don’t know who was at fault, but Moustakas did not get nearly as much as he should have…only one year at $6.5 million, with the same team he played for last season. Moustakas set a new Kansas City Royals’ franchise record for home runs in 2017 with 38. That amounts to his getting just about $171,000 per home run! Are you kidding me, right now? All Moustakas can do is keep his head down, play out the season and hope that he can sign a better contract for 2019.
Greg Holland: The 2017 closer for the Colorado Rockies played the longest game of “chicken” with MLB owners and finally, just a few days ago, signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. That sounds like a good deal; however, he received a qualifying offer from the Colorado Rockies that would have paid him $17.4 million to close for a contending team in 2018. Holland is the type of person, though, that could lift the Cardinals into a playoff contender.
So, there you have it, folks! Some winners, some losers and some that were “fleeced”. Agent Boras will not lose any sleep, however, as these five free agents netted his agency a cool $34.95 million. He stands to make more when Moustakas and Holland become free agents, again, after the 2019 season.