Joakim Soria and Rafael Soriano a few years ago. At the time, Cashman didn't want Soriano and I made an educated guess that if he knew he could rid himself of Boras players, he would. It was then that the Yankees forced in and signed Soriano. The Yankees then had to deal with Boras for 2 years.
Edwin Jackson was never a superstar pitcher but when he was with Boras,
he was manipulated and tricked into thinking he could be a 6 year, $52 million
dollar man somewhere. He wasn't, and had to settle for 1 year with the
Nationals. Jackson did the right thing and dumped Scott Boras. This year he got a 4 year deal with the Cubs, still alittle ridiculous, but good for him, he's no longer with Boras.
Now this off-season, players that should probably have jobs right now, don't and I suspect Scott Boras has a lot to do with it. I mean sure, Rafael Soriano finally was able to land a job, but it was only for 2 years, worth $28 million, read HERE.
Robinson Cano ends his
last year in New York in 2013? Then what? Well, I suspect Scott Boras
will try and make Cano the richest player ever and I fear that it will be
the end of Cano in pinstripes. If that happens, it will be a damn
shame. Greed kills players. Its a business, I know that, but it's also a
game and when a player commands that much money, it's no longer
innocent, it's artificial. Sure, if a player can command a gigantic
salary, they should go for it, but for me personally, my point of view
toward those players change dramatically. I view them differently. I
don't see them as saviors of the club, I see them as distractions.
Alex Rodriguez, I throw him into that category and yes,
you've seen me write about how much I want Alex to succeed. It doesn't
erase the fact that he became a distraction in the Yankee clubhouse.
But back to Boras for a second. It's clear to me, and I'm just an outsider
here, that the world of Scott Boras is ending. It makes me happy. Sure,
Boras has hundreds of clients, but in my perfect world, I'd like to see
teams start to turn the other way and not be so interested in a Boras
client... Again, Rafael Soriano had trouble looking for work. Is it
because he's a Boras client? Maybe? Will Jose Valverde have a harder time getting a job because Boras is his agent? Maybe, (read HERE.) Would Edwin Jackson have gotten a
better deal last year than a 1 year deal with Washington if Boras wasn't
there overshooting? Maybe. Will the Yankees turn their back on Cano at
the end of 2013? Maybe... Especially if Boras is demanding outrageous
numbers... and you know what? At that point, I don't blame them, I really don't.
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