Scott Boras, Is He Good For Major League Baseball?
By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent) Follow @patricklanguzzi
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He has a billion dollar smile, a list of clients taller than Shaquille O’Neil and is considered Major League Baseball’s super agent.
In 2006 Baseball America named him the most influential non-player in 25 years, beating out Major League commissioner Bud Selig, yes, that Bud Selig!
Major League Baseball has had to change its rules in response to him on multiple occasions and he has a list of clients that include or have included Jayson Werth (126m), Matt Holliday (120m), Barry Zito (126m), Carlos Beltran (119m) and now the wealthier Jacoby Ellsbury (153m) – just to name a few, and the list goes on..
Fans, teams and general managers may despise him for fear that he is destroying Major League Baseball.
We’re talking about Scott Boras.
Boras Interview From 2009 (After being named the most influential non – player for last 25 years)
If you’re major league management, you can’t bear the thought of dealing with him, and if you’re a player, you can’t live without him.
In an email exchange with one of my closest friends since the Ellsbury signing, I thought this statement he made summed it up best..
Scott Boras has single-handedly driven up player payroll so that almost exclusive big market teams, with a few exceptions, can afford to pay elite contracts to stay competitive.
In 1996, he found a stipulation in major league rules to have draft picks declared free agents in order to get more money for his clients. Baseball responded by changing its rules on behalf of him successfully evading the draft.
In 1997 Major League Baseball again had to amend its rules on behalf of Boras and his grievance (which he won) filed on J.D. Drew, now called the “First-Year Player Draft”.
2007 marked the year the collective bargaining agreement established an Aug. 15th deadline for draft picks to sign. This came as a result of Boras advising his clients to wait as long as possible to sign.
Some controversial signings surrounding Boras include his over-inflated long-term contractual prices for clients over and above the players’ market value.
This poses an issue for teams when players can no longer perform commensurate to their compensation.
Some smaller market teams often avoid Boras’ draft clients because of the high-dollar contracts often sought after for players who’ve never played in the minor leagues. An example of this is Rick Ankiel in 1997.
It’s been stated that the average contract value through 2011 for a Boras client is $33.4 million, in comparison to all other agent contract values of $7.6 million.
So the question bears asking, is Scott Boras really good for Major League Baseball?
Scott Boras Totals as a A Minor League Player
|A (3 seasons)||A||815||56||4||43||.293||.354||.385|
|AA (1 season)||AA||265||37||1||26||.275||.377||.351|
|Rk (1 season)||Rk||95||13||0||10||.274||.402||.347|
Client List up until 2011 Summer
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Posted on December 5, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @planguzzi on twitter, adrian beltre, alex rofriguez, angels, arod, barry zito, baseball, baseball america, boras, borascorporation, cardinals, carlos beltran, cubs, damon, donovan tate, giants, Greg Maddux, jacoby ellsbury, Jay-Z, jayson werth, kevin brown, matt holliday, mlb, redsox, Rick Ankiel, roc nation sports agency, rodriguez, shaquille o neal, stephen strasburg, teixeira, yankees, zito. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Scott Boras, Is He Good For Major League Baseball?.