SAN DIEGO—One of the highlights of the Winter Meetings is the annual Scott Boras media availability, which usually occurs on Wednesday. The scrum was moved up a day because of the robust market for pitcher Gerrit Cole, whom the super agent represents. Boras also represents pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who re-signed with the Washington Nationals Monday, and third baseman Anthony Rendon.
For the first time, Boras was speaking in front of a backdrop that bore his company’s logo and was peppered with questions on the top free agents.
Boras also represents Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. A year ago in Las Vegas, Boras expressed hope that Davis would improve on his disappointing 2018 when he hit just .168 and struck out 192 times in 128 games.
Davis began the 2019 season 0-for-33 to extend his hitless streak to 54 at-bats going back to September 2018. He ended the year with a .179 average with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 105 games.
“I’m always concerned when a player’s not performing to the level of his ability,” Boras said. “I’ve already had talks with the organization and levels of my staff have had talks with the organization. We’ve been in communication with CD. Always trying to garner an approach and an improvement of his performance.”
Davis has three years left on his seven-year, $161 million contract. He’s owed $93 million, including deferred money.
Cafardo gets a worthy honor: Nick Cafardo, the longtime baseball writer for The Boston Globe, was named the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Cafardo covered baseball for the Globe for 30 years before his death on February 21 at 62.
Cafardo will be honored in Cooperstown in July.