The dispute between agent Scott Boras and the Miami Marlins escalated on Wednesday.
“He will not be involved in any discussion as it relates to Jose Fernandez,” Samson said at the general manager meetings on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “We will be in touch with the doctors and Jose as we formulate a plan.”
Fernandez, 23, returned from Tommy John surgery last season and is likely set to have an innings restriction in 2016.
Boras is known for being heavily involved in regulating his pitchers’ workloads after Tommy John, as he was most recently with New York Mets ace Matt Harvey. Boras believed Harvey should be shut down after 180 innings last season, but the Mets continued to use him through the end of the year and into the playoffs, putting the team and the agent at odds.
The conflict began when Boras was openly critical of the Marlins for demoting his client, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, to the minors during a slump. Samson did not appreciate the criticism.
“My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his 5 percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team,” Samson said at the time. “Then he would have the opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to do. Until that time, he is in no position to comment how any Major League Baseball team is operated.”
At the meetings this week, Boras also pointed out his displeasure with the way MLB’s revenues are split between teams and players. He said team owners currently take home 57% of revenues, which he believes should be reduced to a 50–50 split with players, according to CBS Sports.
- Erin Flynn