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Agent Scott Boras holds a full house of high-profile, unsigned clients. Will MLB teams pay up?

Scott Boras has represented baseball players since 1980. He’s negotiated untold billions for his clients. In fact, he’s negotiated contracts totaling more than $1 billion in single months. The term “super agent” was coined for him.

So questioning the wisdom of five prominent free-agent clients of his still seeking contracts when their peers have reported to spring training is perilous. Teams eventually will cave to Boras’ demands, right? General managers will blink before Boras does, isn’t that the way it always ends?

Well, let’s replace “always” with “usually.” Whether misreading the market or through plain stubbornness, Boras clients have occasionally been forced to settle for substandard deals, a handful even after the regular season has commenced.