MLB super agent Scott Boras has sounded off after the Mets declined to sign one of his clients, first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker.
Boras, who has negotiated some of the biggest contracts in league history, went on the offensive over the weekend, when he forcefully claimed that Rocker's pitching arm was was fully healthy.
His comments came after the Aug. 1 deadline to sign draftees passed without a deal materializing between the Mets and Rocker, and amid reports suggesting the Mets had been scared off by Rocker's medical records.
On Monday, Boras continued to rail against the MLB draft system, which he characterized as "unjust" while pointing out that teams who do not sign draftees are awarded compensatory draft picks, while the draftees are left high and dry.
"MLB missed the opportunity to have this player in their system because of the club's decision to pursue draft dollars in next year's draft," Boras said in a text published by Audacy insider Jon Heyman.
"The player should have the opportunity to pursue other MLB teams to sign with," Boras continued. "The rule is unjust. Carter Stewart (who the Braves didn't sign after he was drafted 8th overall but signed in Japan for $6M and is now in the majors at 21 over there) is an example of the injustice of the draft system and an example of the competency of our medical experts who gave the correct prognosis ..."
Monday's remarks came after Boras declared on Sunday that Rocker is "healthy according to an independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons."
The Mets did not officially address why Kumar went unsigned. GM Zack Scott released an anodyne statement, saying "This is clearly not the outcome we had hoped for and wish Kumar nothing but success moving forward."
The team was apparently scared off by what they found during medical exams, and seemed to want Rocker to accept a discounted signing bonus for their concerns, reports said.
The right-hander was projected by most to be off the board before the Mets pick at No. 10, but he seemed to see a draft-day slide after his velocity dipped this season. The "value pick" was widely lauded by Mets fans and media -- only to backfire when a deal couldn't be reached.
The Mets receive the 11th overall pick in 2022 for whiffing on Rocker, while the Vanderbilt star is left in something of a lurch -- much to Boras' chagrin.
Rocker can return to college, where he has two years of eligibility remaining -- plus the potential to earn some cash under the NCAA's new NIL rules -- or potentially play overseas, a la Stewart.