Ask yourself this question. If you were a major league baseball player who would you want as your agent?
For me, I can say with 100% certainty that it would not be Scott Boras. An agent is someone who represents you and I just can’t see how I would be a match with someone so manipulative that they would possibly encourage outrageous behavior by a client in order to avoid getting an option year picked up.
Does he get top dollar for his clients? Yes. There is no question that Boras continually gets top dollar for the majority of his players, but if it were me I wouldn’t be too concerned between $100 million and $120 million dollars. My integrity and principles are more important than the extra millions.
Boras represents Mark Texeira; as usual he is working the system and major markets to create an inflated price which will make Texeira one of the games highest paid players. But what does this say about Texeira and his character?
You have to answer this yourself, but all I know is that Boras would not be a match for me and my beliefs. If I was going to get an agent I would look at the players I believe had integrity and great character, players such as Tony Gwynn or Cal Ripken and follow their lead. Neither one of them are hurting for money even though they were never part of a free agent bidding war. Somehow they each managed to “get by” with local lawyers negotiating their contracts and in the process became legends that will be associated with their respective cities for decades. (Note: Ron Shapiro was Ripken’s lawyer who also represented Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson and Kirby Puckett)
Texeira mentions Ripken as his boyhood hero but maybe he should look a litter deeper at how Ripken handled his business off the field, because right now Tex is portraying himself as just another greedy player who is destined for the highest bidder. For me, this isn’t the way to go about it and this isn’t the type of player I want here in Baltimore.
Have fun with you money Mark, but just remember that your agent is a reflection on you.