NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scott Boras says not to expect a decision from Chris Davis soon.
“We’ve been in talks with a number of teams, and as with most Winter Meetings dynamics, moving along and hearing what everyone else has to say and just reporting it to Chris, so there’s nothing immediate, but we knew a little bit more than when we first came here,” Boras said on Wednesday.
While Dan Duquette has implied that the Orioles have a deadline, and that they’ll move on from Davis, Boras didn’t seem to be fazed.
“You’d have to ask them that. The way we usually handle free agency is that we create an exchange so that everyone can get the most information they can about each respective situation. I don’t think anyone draws any lines in the sands about how this is going to go forward or not,” Boras said.
Boras says that Duquette and managing partner Peter Angelos have been involved in the talks.
“They’ve certainly been responsive. Dan and I and Peter as well, have all been involved in the conversation. They’ve certainly let us know that Chris is a guy they covet. It’s been something that any baseball team would want to have,” Boras said.
“He truly is the best available home run hitter in the game and probably will be a few years, anyway.”
Each winter meeting, Boras takes time from his negotiating to have an impromptu gathering with reporters.
“I still have meetings to go involving Chris with teams. We’re trying to get as much done as we can while we’re here. We still have continued dialogue that’s ongoing with Baltimore, too,” Boras said.
At last month’s General Manager’s meetings, Boras railed against the qualifying offer yet two days later, his client, Matt Wieters surprisingly accepted the $15.9 million offer from the Orioles.
“There’s no question the qualifying offer system impaired Matt Wieters because you have a number of clubs that are excluded from bidding on him because they don’t want to give up draft picks to do so, so any fine player, any player worthy of extending a qualifying offer, you know that that system is a detriment on his free agency,” Boras said.
Wei-Yin Chen is another one of his clients, and Duquette indicated on Tuesday he was highly unlikely to return.
“The last two years his ERA is lower against AL East teams than David Price, so that tells you how good a pitcher he is,” Boras said.