Boras: Relationship with Yankees' Rodriguez repaired
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Scott Boras says his relationship with Alex Rodriguez has been repaired.
A-Rod criticized his longtime agent last fall after the star's messy opt-out from the Yankees. When the third baseman re-signed with New York less than two months later, Rodriguez said he negotiated the contract without Boras' help.
"We're fine," Boras said Tuesday at the annual general managers' meetings. "When Alex came out to Anaheim during the season, we had a chance to spend a lot of time together."
Rodriguez opted out of the final three seasons of his $252 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees, forfeiting $72 million. Boras informed Yankees general manager Brian Cashman of the decision during Game 4 of the World Series between Boston and Colorado, prompting criticism of the timing.
"I was very angry about the whole situation," Rodriguez said after his record $275 million, 10-year agreement with the Yankees was finalized in December. "I was very upset, and, you know, I voiced that to him. The one time we spoke I conveyed that message."
When he reported to spring training in February, the three-time AL MVP said he had not spoken with Boras since that conversation. He hired Guy Oseary, who works with Madonna, as his manager and joined the William Morris Agency to represent him beyond baseball.
Still, he kept Boras as his baseball agent.
"We've always represented him," Boras said. "We have a good relationship. We're in communication all the time about baseball with him. Things are good."
Boras declined to discuss the alleged liaison between A-Rod and Madonna, a fixture this year in New York tabloids. Both have denied a romance.
Rodriguez's wife, Cynthia, filed for divorce in July and the sides reached a settlement in September.
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