Scott Boras, who represents the biggest prizes in the free agent market this winter, swung away at baseball’s economic system, believing change is drastically needed, and is responsible for baseball’s declining attendance.
Baseball’s slow free agent market in recent years alone, he believes, has been a contributing factor in baseball’s attendance that declined to its lowest level since 2003.
A year ago, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, each signed after the start of spring training. Just 25% of the free agents last winter signed before January. And free-agent pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel didn’t sign until June.
The reason for the slow market last winter, Boras says, isn’t greed or unrealistic expectations, but simply the lack of competitiveness in baseball.