Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 13, 2008

Baseball’s Evil Agent—Scott Boras

"Greed is my creed"

"Greed is good"

Diatribe time! 

I am sick and tired of the chicanery that baseball mega-agent Scott Boras levies with each and every one of his clients.  True, an agent’s job is to solely advocate for his or her client’s best monetary interests, but Boras’ antics and rhetoric have become detrimental to the game of baseball. 

Last season, Boras and A-Rod intentionally disrupt the World Series to announce that they will opt out of the current contract with the Yankees to leverage a better deal. 

Not even one season later, Boras sinks his claws into the mentally deficient Man-Ram to kill his already tenuous relationship with the Red Sox in order to swindle a new free agent contract a season earlier than scheduled. 

This season, Boras has even more influence on determining bonuses as draft slotting guru Frank Coonelly, has stepped away from his role as MLB Vice President and Boras nemesis to take a position as Pittsburgh Pirates team president (Ironically, the Pirates selected Boras client Pedro Alvarez as their 1st pick). Time and time again, Boras poisons the ears of top young draftees using the over slot bonuses of one top pick to determine the bonus of another.  Boras clients are consistently the last ones to sign and more than a couple sign major league contracts that unnecissarily pressure both the team and the prospect to rush their development.

This season, there are at least 4 more Boras clients in the top 23 picks that have yet to sign contracts with their Major League teams.  With the Friday Aug. 15th deadline rapidly approaching, the pressure and expense incurred by these teams will increase and Boras’ deep pockets will be further filled.

When one man becomes bigger than an industry, it is the responsibility of the industry to mitigate his influence.  The unfortunate fact is that, much like the gouging of oil prices, there is not enough of a contingent that is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to quell his influence once and for all. 

Baseball needs to institute stronger controls (i.e. salary cap, definitive bonus slots, etc… ) to restore competitive balance that it now sorely lacks and to eradicate the undue influence that 3rd parties like Scott Boras have on the game.

Diatribe over.  Time to smile and enjoy the sunshine!

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  2. If there wasn’t a Scott Boras, there would be someone else doing the same thing. Don’t blame Scott for getting money for his clients. He doesn’t make the game bad, he prys the money from the owners.

  3. Granted if Boras wasn’t Darth Vader, someone else would be. I do, however, think that his proclivity to exploit loopholes in baseball’s bylaws are detrimental to the game of baseball.

    You can’t tell me that Manny’s self-imposed divorce from the Red Sox was not induced by Boras’ desire to carve out a new deal for Manny. Why can’t players honor the guaranteed contracts written to them? Owners do not have the same leverage to cut an underperforming player (as an M’s fan, I know all about overpaid underperforming players). The inability to do so sets an organization back a good 3-5 seasons in some cases (the post-Scott Erickson, Albert Belle Orioles for example).

    As for draft picks, the over-slot bonus demands of the top draft picks are major deterrents that keep the teams most in need of the talent from selecting them. As a result, top flight talent falls to the Yankees, Red Sox, and other deep pocketed teams who then are able to build deeper, more talented farm systems. That being said, there are many baseball executives that do far more damage to their organizations (Howard Lincoln anyone?) than Boras could ever do.

    I am not a bleeding heart by any means, I would just like to see more balance and…dare I say…parity in MLB. The recipe has worked for NFL football which has leapfrogged baseball as America’s game.

    While he didn’t start the fire, Boras, is and will remain, a roadblock to that process as long as baseball allows him to be.


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