Is Scott Boras Holding The Washington Nationals Hostage?

We're going with the alarming title for this commentary because that's exactly what's implied by Mike Wise of the Washington Post in this column that dropped on the paper's website Friday afternoon (and will presumably be in print this weekend).

Scott Boras, the agent who represents Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa, the team's three top minor-league prospects and at one point nine players on the big club, would have advised his clients to either sign elsewhere or return to college and sign with another club the following year.

Oh, really?

Further down the page, we are presented with the image of Scott Boras driving to Nationals owner Ted Lerner's house and, to use Wise's words, "pleading with him" to give Jackson more money to eat up the innings that would be Strasburg's if not for the shutdown.

And then, the coup de grace, as Wise has Boras putting it to Rizzo:

"With your insurance coverage, if you go against medical recommendations, are you liable for negligence as an organization?"

Asked if that was a threat of legal consequence, Boras replied, "The fact of the matter is, if you are forcing your player to pitch and disregarding medical doctors, are you going to be able to live with that legally and ethically?"

No word yet as to whether either man threatened to recreate this scene from The Untouchables.

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