Scott Boras hoping his gamble pays off

A number of Scott Boras' clients turned down qualifying offers, which is limiting their options. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The most admired trait that Scott Boras brings to his negotiations -- although to be clear, it's not always admired -- is his relentlessness. As you hear general managers describe Boras proposing a deal over and over, in different ways, you might think of fending off your kid's repeated requests for candy as you make your way through a grocery store.

"You have to be prepared to say 'no' 10 different times," one executive said. "You have to prepare your owner to say 'no,' you have to prepare other people in your organization to say 'no.' Because he will keep coming at you."

It's an approach that Boras and others may need in the weeks ahead, because once again, the players who are attached to draft-pick compensation are gradually being isolated in the market in the way that Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn were last winter.

Shortstop Stephen Drew still needs a job, after he and Boras rejected Boston's qualifying offer of $14.1 million, and there appear to be very few shortstop jobs available.