Mike Moustakas is staying in Kansas City. The big story here is that he rejected 1 year/$17.4 million to receive…… 1 year/$6.5 million instead.
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Did Moustakas hire George Costanza as his new agent? On the legendary sitcom Seinfeld, George once negotiated his and Jerry’s contracts to write a pilot with NBC to a lower price. All jokes aside, the blame for this falls completely on Scott Boras’s shoulders. The “super agent” completely misread Moustakas’s market and actually made him LOSE MONEY. The result should be Boras’s immediate firing. Of course Moustakas is the one who ultimately makes the final decision, but it’s hard to believe that he passed up better offers all on his own.
Entering this offseason the following teams had openings/could’ve used improvements at third base: New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets. We could extend this list to teams looking for designated hitters: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox.
We can assume that he was looking for 5 years/$85 million (he would also cost the signing team a draft pick due to rejecting a qualifying offer). This immediately rules out Miami, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. These teams are rebuilding and generally don’t give out big contracts. They would also presumably not want to give up draft picks. Atlanta, San Diego, and Philadelphia are also rebuilding teams who wouldn’t presumably want to give up draft picks. Of course San Diego and Philadelphia did sign QO recipients (Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana), but both were surprising moves and neither had Moustakas’s record of inconsistency or injury history. Minnesota were expected to save their money for starting pitching, and also usually don’t give out big contracts. Already in possession of one of the best offenses in the game, it was more likely for Houston to add someone on a one year deal. The New York Mets stuck with David Wright’s contract and usually hesitant to spend, also seemed to be unlikely suitors. Planning to rebuild and being a small market team, re-signing with Kansas City didn’t seem likely either.
This leaves us with the New York Yankees, Boston, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels (with Boston not looking for a third baseman). With Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar on the way, New York didn’t look like a very likely destination. Furthermore, considering the other options available that wouldn’t require forfeiting a draft pick: Evan Longoria by trade, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart (had he switched positions as he did), and it already didn’t look as if Moustakas had a large market for his services. Did I mention that better third basemen in Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado are free agents after this season? That only hurt Moustakas’s market further.
Scott Boras can’t be completely blamed for Moustakas’s market collapsing, but as a supposed “super agent”, he should’ve considered accepting the qualifying offer more seriously. With Moustakas’s track record he needed another healthy year to prove himself. Scott Boras misread the market and failed Mike Moustakas.