MIAMI -- When the Marlins signed free agent pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, they added a veteran starter to the front of their rotation. But by doing so, they might have also increased the influence of Chen's agent, Scott Boras.
Miami has not been known to consistently speak with some of the well-known agent representatives more than it has to. That changed Tuesday.
The Marlins called a press conference to introduce Chen on Tuesday at Marlins Park. President David Samson, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, Chen and his translator were in attendance. So was Boras.
After signing Chen, Boras now represents three of Miami's five starting pitchers. Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart are also Boras' clients.
While Boras said he attended a few of Fernandez's starts last season, he will likely be more involved once the season begins.
"I came down here a couple of times to see Jose," Boras said during a conversation with reporters after the press conference ended. "When you have clients on any team, you watch them very closely."
In the weeks leading up to the Chen signing, Boras and the Marlins have spoken out against each others actions through the press.
Last summer, the Marlins demoted center fielder Marcell Ozuna, another Boras client, and kept him in Triple-A for what Boras felt was an excessive period of time.
At the annual GM meetings in Boca Raton, Boras told Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald Ozuna "should not have been in the minor leagues."
Miami quickly responded, with Samson telling The Associated Press: "My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his five percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team. Then he would have an opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to do. Until that time, he is in no position to comment how any Major League Baseball team is operated."
On Tuesday, Boras responded.
"I'm not in the business of running teams," Boras said. "It's not what I do. I work with players. In the end, the teams are going to make the decisions about what happens."
Although Samson said "there was never an issue during [Chen] negotiations," he was quick to take a jab at Boras during his introductory remarks.
"Welcome to Miami, Scott," Samson said. "It's always good to see you in person versus through the newspaper."
But Boras did not notably react, instead emphasizing the contrast between speculation and reality when asked to comment on how the Chen deal got done.
"There is perception and there is reality, and the reality is here, how we work together," Boras said.
The Marlins did not express interest in working together with Boras to create an innings limit for Fernandez heading into 2016. Boras said it all comes down to "what the doctor is going to recommend."
"I just try and increase the dialogue between the team and the surgeon," Boras said. "They've got to come to an understanding about what limits the doctor wants for him."
The innings limit will likely be set when Spring Training ends, Boras added. Miami has reportedly been trying to extend Fernandez. But Fernandez's $3 million salary for 2016 was ideal for every party involved, according to Boras.
"I think for the franchise and for us, we agreed we had a player coming off Tommy John," Boras said. "You're asking everyone a lot and there was a lot of speculation."
As for Ozuna, who has consistently been mentioned in trade rumors this winter, Boras' position hasn't changed.
"A guy that's a special talent, that's all," Boras said of Ozuna.
Throughout their history, the Marlins have been hesitant to give large free agent contracts to starting pitchers because of the risk of injury. Mark Buehrle was the last to receive one during the 2011 Winter Meetings. But, regardless of their relationship, Boras said he saw an opportunity for the Marlins.
"I said I had a guy who was the number one pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles the last two years," Boras said of Chen. "People don't classify him as that, but that's what he was. It gave [the Marlins] a different vision than I think they had coming in."