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Scott Boras went off on anti-competitiveness in his press conference

Daisuke Matsuzaka Press Conference

BOSTON - DECEMBER 14: Daisuke Matsuzaka’s agent Scott Boras addresses the media during a press conference announcing that the pitcher has signed with the Boston Red Sox on December 14, 2006 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Matsuzaka will get $52 million over six years. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Agent Scott Boras held a press conference at the GM meetings and, as expected, he went off on a number of things, including teams intentionally tanking and the free agency of his client Bryce Harper. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Boras also described the system that rewards teams for tanking as a “cancer.” While the description is intentionally overboard, his underlying point is not wrong. The system is currently perversely set up to encourage teams to go to one extreme or the other in terms of competitiveness, which hurts the overall product as well as specific things like the free agent market. Hence why so many players have taken so long to sign contracts in recent years.

It’s on all of us that we didn’t see “Harper’s bazaar” coming from a thousand miles away.

Also, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Boras said that another client, Adrián Beltré, still hasn’t decided if he plans to play next season. Beltré turns 40 years old in April and has been slowed by injuries in the last two seasons, but he has thown that he can still hit and play defense capably.

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