Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White Sox in comments this week to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via ESPN.com) about the current state of rebuilding organizations. "We kicked people out of the game when they tried to not win," he said. "We have to get rid of the noncompetitive cancer. We can't go to our fanbases and sell the promise of losing to win later. That is destructive to our sport because it has removed one-third of the competition." The big four American sports leagues have all seen a rise in teams that will openly throw multiple seasons away in hope of long-term gain. It's a trend unlikely to change without the threat of league punishment following the high-end success of the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, who've built a juggernaut with the strategy. They lost at least 106 games in three straight years starting in 2011 and are now reaping the rewards of picking high in the draft and trading proven veterans for prospects.
Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'
Bleacher Report | Jan 25