Super agent Scott Boras held his annual winter meetings media scrum Wednesday morning and touched on several topics, including the values of his top free-agent clients such as former Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta and slugger J.D. Martinez. He called the Miami Marlins a “pawn shop” for their offseason dismantling and compared the New York Yankees to the “Tiffany’s” of jewelers for their opportunistic attempt in acquiring Giancarlo Stanton. But Boras doesn’t see the Orioles trading cornerstone third baseman Manny Machado in this offseason, predicting Machado plays out his final year before free agency with the Orioles. “Manny Machado is one of the greatest hitters of our time,” said Boras, who does not represent Machado. “He has an amazing gift. And you know about players of that caliber, when their time comes and there’s a choice applied to them, there’s going to be a marshaling of what the organization’s best interest is, what the player’s best interest is. “Normally that results in the player playing out his time with his team because it’s very difficult to look at a player at that level and give a club a value point for someone who is so gifted knowing you only get him for one year, so historically that would be a difficult process. I can’t even think about the Baltimore Orioles without Manny Machado for 2018 because I think he’s just a principal part of their winning. I know from my conversations with Dan [Duquette] and Peter [Angelos], they have every intention of continuing with him.”
Boras: 'I can’t even think about the Baltimore Orioles without Manny Machado for 2018'
Baltimore Sun | Dec 14