If you were the owner of a major league baseball team and were trying to sign your ace starting pitcher to a long term contract extension, do you think it would be a good idea to publicly insult his agent? Well, if you're Angels owner Arte Moreno, the answer would is yes. When asked a question about Scott Boras yesterday, he responded:
“My mother always told me, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”If you're reading between the lines properly, that was code for "Scott Boras is a manipulative tool." While that may be an accurate statement, was it really necessary for Moreno to share those thoughts with a reporter? While some might think he his statement showed restraint and diplomacy, his penchant for making offhanded, thinly veiled remarks makes me wonder if he's had this planned for a while. Besides momentary satisfaction, I'm left wondering what Moreno had to gain by making that remark. He certainly didn't gain anything with regards to the Jared Weaver negotiations.
So how did Boras respond?
"The Angels organization has been fairly extraordinary, in their handling of the Nick Adenhart situation," said Boras, referring to the pitcher who was killed by a convicted drunk driver after a 2009 game. "The work by [Angels President] John Carpino and [Vice President] Tim Mead is something I will never forget, what that organization did in a most difficult situation."Say what you will about Boras, but he always takes the high road. This time is no exception.