Agent Boras joins chorus ripping Tampa Bay market
High-powered agent Scott Boras in the past has taken shots at the Rays for not spending enough money on players. But Wednesday, speaking at the GM meetings, he blasted the Tampa Bay market for not supporting the team enough and suggested relocation was the best solution.
Asked for his assessment of the Rays status this off-season, Boras replied: "I would say the Tale of Two Cities, the one they're in and the one they should be in.''
When asked to clarify what city he meant, Boras said:
"The one that's going to support them to the level of the performance of the team, and the Tampa Bay market, both in what they provided for a stadium and what they provided for attendance for the quality of the play has not been consistent with what we've seen with other major-league markets. When you have a team that successful, there's teams that are drawing 2.5 to 3, over 3-million for that kind of performance.
"It's just really something for the fans of the Tampa Bay area, they need a new ballpark, they need to address that. Certainly the bell's been answered by the organization as far as putting a product on the field that would normally attract fans.''
So in essence, at least this day, Boras pretty much seemed to absolving the Rays management/ownership of not spending enough, citing their major-league worst attendance of 1.51-million.
"I think that retention of their players is key to the building of a franchise, but you also have to understand that that's probably true of a true grade of an ownership that has had the support of the fan base when winning. They have not.''
So what did he think should be done?
"To me, Major League Baseball and everyone, they have to take a close look at this franchise because when you have a successful operation that's providing a winning percentage annually that they're providing, and the staff that has proven to do it, I think it's fair for everyone to say a successful product is not doing well in a place. It's not that the product is not performing in a good place.''
And where did he think would be a better place?
"I think there's a lot of cities that may attract them. I don't know, maybe New Jersey would like that winning percentage.''