Scott Boras on Orioles' negotiations with Chris Davis: 'I don't draw lines in the sand'

Sports agent Scott Boras talks with reporters at Major League Baseball's winter meetings Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.
Sports agent Scott Boras talks with reporters at Major League Baseball's winter meetings Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

Agent Scott Boras, who represents Chris Davis, held his annual media scrum with reporters at the winter meetings Wednesday afternoon.

Boras said he continues to have a dialogue with the Orioles on getting a deal done with Davis, and that he still has meetings scheduled with other teams regarding the slugger.


"We're trying to get as much done as we can while we're here," Boras said. "We still have continued dialogue that's ongoing with Baltimore, too.

"We're learning more from other teams about his market, that kind of thing. We've had many discussions with the Orioles and Peter [Angelos] and Dan [Duquette] and we're certainly working through the process."

Here's more of what he said:

On the Orioles moving on from Davis for other left-handed bats:

"I don't draw lines in the sand. My job is really to take information. Unless Chris directs me to, we usually keep the door open for everyone to listen and advance what they want to advance. I think when you put time frames on this, it really prevents maybe the better idea, the new idea, that sometimes puts deals together."

On Davis' value compared to other free agents:

"If you were to add the number of home runs that two very fine players have, [Justin] Upton and [Jason] Heyward, add the number of home runs they've had over the last three years, Chris Davis would still have more home runs. So it tells you about how prolific his talent is. He truly is the best available home run hitter in the game and probably will be a few years, anyway."

More on the climate of discussions with the Orioles:

"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."

On how the qualifying-offer process affected catcher Matt Wieters:

"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."

On Wei-Yin Chen:

"Wei-Yin Chen is a guy that's had two ERAs in Baltimore of [3.54] — below — two years in a row. You have to go back a long time to find a Baltimore pitcher who's done that in that offensive ballpark. He's had … 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."


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