The long claws of the hellaciously greedy and selfish Scott Boras are reaching all the way onto baseball fields to affect a teamâ€™s season.
Reports state that Ollie (obviously based on Borasâ€™ advice) will not accept a minor league assignment to try to work out his seemingly infinite issues.
From a strictly business standpoint, one can understand this; indeed, the basic agreement allows him to refuse the minor league request, and he is quite secure in knowing that he will still collect his obscene salary.
On the other hand, Ollie is forcing the Mets to play with a 24-man roster, putting them at a clear disadvantage, even more so when considering the injury-depleted pitching staff.
At this point, it is clearly time for the Mets to take unorthodox action.
Oliver Perez was given an incredibly generous contract by Omar Minaya, which showed the teamâ€™s belief in and positive feeling towards Ollie.
Last year, he arrived to camp out of shape and contributed virtually nothing all season; at least he did go to the minors last year and also was on the DL, so while his litany of horrors cost the Mets a lot of money and aggravation, it did not require them to basically play one man short.
The current situation is untenable; the manager has publicly stated that it will be hard for him to find spots for Ollie, and his teammates are beginning to trash him anonymously to the press. So we are not only faced with an extremely expensive and useless player who is harming the team on the field, but he is now starting to cause clubhouse problems as well.
The time has come for the team to take an aggressive public stance against Ollie and his revolting agent. Baseball does not exist solely for Scott Boras clients to gain ridiculous salaries.
The team could just put him on the DL-claim he has an injury and if he disputes this, let he and Scotty B. file grievances and be put in the position of having to publicly defend Ollieâ€™s behavior. I wonder who would win the battle in the court of public opinion on this issue?
Donâ€™t release Ollieâ€”this is clearly what he and Boras want; they still collect their money and Ollie will have to do even less than he does right now.
And just as the Braves publicly rebuked another agent for his underhanded dealings in the Rafael Furcal situation, the Mets should loudly and publicly proclaim that they will never deal with another Scott Boras client.
Last year, when trying to find a crazy contract for Matt Holliday, Boras openly tried to recruit the Mets into a bidding war. This clearly shows that without the big-spending Mets being among the few suitors for his outrageously overpriced clients, Borasâ€™ business could be seriously damaged.
It is time to play hardball with Scott Boras, an agent who works his hardest to put his clients far above the game itself.