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Scott Boras: Dodgers, Mets shopping in 'fruits-and-nuts category'

December 9, 2011 | 10:17 am

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Influential agent Scott Boras said he enjoyed watching the Miami Marlins spend as much money as they did at baseball's winter meetings.

That makes sense. Although Boras hasn't yet sent any players to the Marlins this winter, men in his line of work generally like to see teams spend money.

So how has Boras felt watching the Dodgers operate this off-season?

"Unusual," he said. “You know, it's ..."

Before he could complete his thought, he started laughing.

Boras turned serious for a moment, sympathetically talking about the financial obstacles facing the front offices of the Dodgers and the New York Mets.

But he could resist the temptation to joke for only so long, breaking into a smirk and saying of the two cash-strapped teams, "Normally, they're in the steaks section, and I found them in the fruits-and-nuts category a lot."

Boras didn't meet with the Dodgers at the winter meetings, which concluded Thursday.

"With my clientele, a team that's not in the certain area of the supermarket, they kind of don't pass those aisles,” he said.

When the laughs around him subsided, Boras again turned serious and predicted that the Dodgers would soon regain what he said was their proper place in the American sporting landscape. He pointed to several reasons the Dodgers should prosper under new ownership, including their market, their stadium and the strength of the brand.

"And the beat writers are absolutely phenomenal," Boras said.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Dallas

Photo: Agent Scott Boras fields questions from reporters. Credit: Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press

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