Boras’ Sales Job For Tavares

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The New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin quotes agent Scott Boras on why his cient, reliever Julian Tavares, would be such a catch for the Mets or Yankees.

Tavarez, 32, went 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA and four saves in 74games for the Cardinals last season. He made $2.6 million last season. Tavarez compares favorably with Kyle Farnsworth and Tom Gordon in save percentage over the past three years, converting 19 of 26 (73%) since 2003 to Farnsworth’s 16 of 25 (64%) and Gordon’s 18 of 36 (50%). Farnsworth agreed to a three-year, $17 million deal with the Yankees, while Gordon got a three-year, $18 million deal with the Phillies. “This guy pitches four days in a row,” Boras said. “He provides a very strong, durable arm. He can protect a closer like Wagner or Mariano Rivera. They don’t need to get every save. This guy has been a save guy, and he does it at a ratio that’s almost 80%. That ratio for a setup guy is very, very high. That may be very helpful to guys you want rested for the postseason.”

Boras neglects to mention how much money either club might save by Tavares wearing the same hat for the duration of the contract.

13 Responses to “Boras’ Sales Job For Tavares”

  1. David Roth says:

    And how much it might lose when the inevitable media freakout — as when he described San Francisco fans as a bunch of “faggots and assholes” while pitching for the Giants — happens. If the Mets manage to pass on both him and Jeff Nelson’s hot-country mustachio, I’ll be downright delighted.

  2. Harris Bloom says:

    I assume the Mets will get him…they’ll sign him to a 3 year 15 million dollar deal and everyone will say how “great” Minaya is.
    They’ll also change their name slightly to Los Mets de Nueva York.

  3. Skip Lockwood says:

    At the risk of starting a new name for the NY National League Baseball Club thread:

    New York Papis ?

  4. CSTB says:

    “They’ll also change their name slightly to Los Mets de Nueva York.”

    Indeed, in the wake of signing that great latin closer Billy Wagner, such a move is long overdue.

  5. Harris Bloom says:

    Dude (assuming you are , in fact, a dude),

    As I’m sure you’ve heard before, the exception makes the rule. Not sure how that applies here, but I think you get the idea.

  6. CSTB says:

    Sir or Madam (in your case, I’m not assuming anything),

    The Mets signed that incredible talent from the Dominican Republic Matt Perisho today.

    Along with the recent addition of Latino superstar Paul Lo Duca, Omar Minaya has totally transformed the Mets into a club truly worthy of the name “Los Mets De Nueva York”.

    When the Mets were bringing the likes of John Franco, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza and Al Leiter to Flushing, did anyone suggest the club be renamed “The White Motherfuckers Who Can Play Golf WIth The Owner”?

  7. harris says:

    1. Piazza et al didn’t claim that mgt tried to get them to sign based on their skin color (as Delgado did accuse them, but with ethnicity)

    2. Perisho is a marginal player – people accused the NBA teams of discrimination for years becasue their 11th and 12th men were very often white players – Minaya could be doing this in reverse.

    3. Didn’t they sign 157 year old Julio Franco to a TWO year deal? I rest my case.

    4. I said it originally as a joke (of course like most good jokes, I think there’s some element of truth)

    Anyway, whatever – you win…I quit

  8. CSTB says:


    1. Delgado accused the Mets of trying to pander to his ethnicity, which isn’t exactly the same thing as trying to get him to sign based on skin color. I think it is pretty safe to assume that Delgado’s attributes as a power hitter were more attractive to Omary Minaya than anything else.

    2. granted, Perisho is a marginal player. Would you characterize Paul Lo Duca or Billy Wagner as marginal players? When David Wright is offered a new, lucrative contract, will that also be further proof of Minaya’s bias towards Latin players?

    3. Would you have prefered they signed 157 year old John Franco?

    4. Aren’t good jokes supposed to be funny? Or at least original?


    “Anyway, whatever – you win…I quit”

    Excellent news, Harris. Best of luck in wherever you post next.

  9. Harris Bloom says:

    1. You brought the skin color into it – I WAS referring to ethnicity
    2. Signing Wright to a long term deal is a no brainer. Paying Beltran $20 million more than anyone else was offering is absurd.
    3. Um, no.
    4. Yes.

  10. CSTB says:


    1) the Mets trying to woo Carlos Delgado by playing the ethnicity card is completely different from pursuing the guy solely due to his ethnicity. Minaya’s sales pitch to the player and his reasons for wanting the player aren’t necessarily related.

    2) re : Beltran. Astros still claim they nearly matched the Mets’ offer, sans the no trade clause. You’re pretty quick (well, a year late) to “joke” about Omar’s Latin All-Stars, but not nearly so quick to write in when the Astros field an All-White Starting Nine.

    In light of Minaya’s recent attempts to sign Mark grudzielanek , can you tell me which team the G-Man will represent in the World Baseball Classic, Venezuela or the Dominican Republic? I’m dying to know.

  11. Harris Bloom says:

    First, you attack my joke…then you realize that you made the SAME joke yourself (at least I assume that you were joking), so you attack the originality of it – this coming from someone who cuts and pastes stories for a living.

    Good times!

  12. kt says:

    someone makes a living doing this?!?!??

    everyday i hate the daylight hours of my life a little bit more.

  13. CSTB says:


    I didn’t make the same joke. I quoted someone else as refering to Minaya’s club as “Los Mets”.

    I did however say,

    “If the Mets fielded 25 players from Mars who could do the job, that would be fine with me. As it stands, Latin America is more of a baseball hotbed and it is cheaper to send scouts there.”

    I still stand by that statement and think it is a heck of a lot funnier than anything you’ve contributed to this forum to date.

    As far as originality goes, your accusation that the Mets are trying to field an all-Latin team was preceeded by (amongst others) a similar slur from that great thinker Anna Benson. You’re in great company. Now please, fuck off. I’ve got a lot of cutting and pasting to do.

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