Scott Boras ain't real happy about draft picks -- and draft bonus-pool money, too! -- being tied to free-agent compensation. As you might imagine, since that probably cost him and client Kyle Lohse a number of millions of dollars. Jon Paul Morosi quotes Boras at length; here's the grand finale, and my favorite part:
Ultimately, if amateur spending caps are deemed necessary by Major League Baseball and the players’ union, Boras would propose a hybrid solution – applying those limits only after the second round. That way, a team losing its top pick could apply its first-round budget to a second-round selection. Part of the reason to do that, Boras said, is to ensure that teams maintain or strengthen their current amateur scouting staffs. His point: Could teams justify investing substantial sums in scouts’ salaries and travel expenses if they aren’t going to actually sign the players those evaluators are watching?
"These clubs are investing $2 million to $3 million per year preparing for the draft," Boras said. "There needs to be utility for that investment."
Yes, folks, you heard that right: Scott Boras is concerned about scouts' salaries.
He does make some good points; this system, like the system before it and no doubt the next system, is far from perfect. But his interest in changing the current system is tied directly to its financial impact on him and his clients. Which is to say, he's just doing his job.
Last time I checked, though, Boras doesn't represent any scouts.