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Boras says Montreal a good choice if Rays ever move

TSN.ca Staff

12/11/2013 8:59:40 PM

If the Tampa Bay Rays ever get relocated, agent Scott Boras thinks that Montreal would be a fine place for them to land.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseball's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball.

"I remember in '94, when you go back and look at their attendance rates and the market, the people and the Canadian rivalry, I really thought baseball was in a good place," Boras told the Tribune. "The players enjoyed playing there. It's a beautiful city."

Boras was discussing the Rays as an example of a team that is well run and successful, but still has difficulty drawing fans to the stadium.

"My point was that baseball, collectively, to protect the game, to protect the market, and you have a product that is so successful and the market is not responding to it, what is the reason?

"The reason is not the performance of the franchise or the players," Boras continued. "The reason has to be there's a dynamic operating here that is not consistent with what other markets do in baseball."

Boras, who represents Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Rodriguez, and J.D. Drew among dozens of others, discussed the importance of support for a team from its local community.

"Clearly if you win and you're successful, your fan base rewards. So my suggestion of New Jersey or Montreal or somewhere ... The idea is for the betterment of the game. I think we have to look at (possibly moving in) markets that aren't rewarding playing the game at a high level."

Boras told the Tribune that New Jersey may be difficult as an option with the Yankees and Mets already in the New York City area.