You really have to consider the source on something like this, but it’s a notable statement just the same.
Speaking to the New York Post yesterday, agent Scott Boras said the Yankees are going to have to convince top free agents that they’re going to be contenders next season.
“It’s the first time in a lot of years the Yankees have to prove to major free agents they will be competitive next year,” Boras said. “That’s never really been a question in New York, but they have so many spots to fill. It’s a different place.”
Obviously there’s something to that statement — the Yankees do have significant questions and significant holes — but they also have quite a bit of money to spend, and every agent has reason to paint the Yankees as a team of desperation (it’s better for Boras if the Yankees seem like a team that has to spend lavishly).
Ultimately, I wonder how much things like this play into free agents’ thinking. Would a player signing a multi-year deal worry that the Yankees will be non-factors over the length of that contract? Will they care if the money’s right? Are role players looking for money, playing time or championships? By the time some veterans are settling for one-year deals, will the Yankees still be filled with holes, or will there be enough solutions in place to make the Yankees look like immediate contenders again?
Boras is right. The Yankees are in a “different place.” I’m just not sure we know yet whether that different place will significantly impact the way free agents view the franchise and the opportunity to sign in the Bronx.
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