Boras took a hit, but he'll survive
When Scott Boras contemplates the definitive week from hell, it goes something like this:He checks the daily mail at his Newport Beach, Calif., office and finds a letter from his meal ticket, Alex Rodriguez, who informs him his services are no longer required. A few frantic phone calls later Boras discovers that his longtime nemesis, Jeff Moorad, has just left the Arizona Diamondbacks' front office to rejoin the agent fraternity, and is in the process of negotiating a 10-year, $350 million deal for A-Rod with the Yankees.
Nationals president Stan Kasten was blunt in his assessment of what Scott Boras' role is, as a representative, in an interview with XM Radio over the weekend:
"I used to think as Scott as a necessary evil, and now I've changed, I no longer think he is necessary. He and I are friendly enough personally, but I think the way he conducts himself is perfectly consistent with the job he's given within the system we have. I think the system could be better, and I've talked about this publicly, for all of sports, for all of fans, and for all of players, if the union took over that job, and we had an agent free universe, I think everything would be better. Boras is what he is, and he's done what he does, and I've signed many contracts with Scott, but it makes it difficult.
"I had this conversation with Andruw [Jones] who was a little put off by the whole situation with the Braves and how his departure was handled, and I was thinking to myself, that he needs to realize that his agent makes things difficult from time to time, and there are some teams that don't want to deal with it. It's well known that the last time he [Jones] did a contract with the Braves, he did it without using Scott. We've seen at least twice this week when that's happened, with A-Rod and Kenny Rogers, I don't think it's a trend, Scott's going to continue to be very successful, but there are times when Scott is not a plus, and we see examples of that from time to time"
-- XM Radio
If you're going to play poker the way Scott plays it and push every hand to the brink, you're going to risk losing some hands. More often than not, Scott has either had the better cards or played the better game.
-- An American League executive on Scott Boras