It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Winter Meetings were Scott Boras’ favorite time of the year.
The super agent gets to be the main attraction for hoards of baseball reporters when he speaks. On Tuesday, Boras stood in front of a backdrop with his agency’s logo on it and faced dozens of reporters who were crammed in tighter than on a rush hour subway ride.
Naturally, he fielded many questions about prized free agents Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. He was also asked about the White Sox, who have been connected to Boras clients Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel.
“I think the Sox have provided a format that a lot of their young players have arrived, a lot of their young pitchers have arrived,” Boras said. “It’s very reasonable to understand that they’ve got a talent base that now allows them with the additions of some free agents where they can certainly step into a competitive mode.”
Scott Boras thinks the White Sox are in position to be very competitive in free agency. pic.twitter.com/93RlC9hLES— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) December 10, 2019
Whenever Boras says something it is always with his clients’ interests in mind. Boras talking up the White Sox, with the caveat of them adding free agents, is to his and his clients’ benefits. Boras wants every team to feel like they are one player, preferably one of his players, away from making a significant jump.
So, of course Boras said the White Sox can step into a competitive mode. That doesn’t mean he’s wrong to say that. Much of the team’s young talent took major strides in 2019 and more should arrive in 2020. Throw in free-agent signing Yasmani Grandal and the White Sox do appear close to being a contending team.
In Ryu and Keuchel, Boras holds the keys to two players who could help the White Sox become a contender. Let’s see if he and the White Sox can put his words to the test.