It’s been said for quite some time that Scott Boras is only interested in representing his clients’ monetary interests rather than personal interests. Alex Rodriguez admitted as much in a recent interview. He told the NY Daily News that he regrets not having signed with the Mets back when he was a free agent in 2000, the year he signed a 10 year $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers:
“I went for the contract when my true desire was to go play for the Mets”
The three-time MVP says that at some point after his opt-out decision in October, he realized he could have been heading for a similar scenario, with Boras dictating his next destination.
“So to make the right decision just feels really good,” Rodriguez said, “versus being taken down a road where I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, where am I? Oh, $400 million to play in some place I hate? Great, I’ll blow my — head off.’
“I wanted to remain a Yankee and for once I put my money where my mouth was. It felt good to make a decision on my own and execute it – to deal with Hank and Hal (Steinbrenner) on a one-on-one basis and get a deal done.”
“If people want to question why I did it, I don’t care because it made me happy. If I had gone to Team X, Y or Z, it wouldn’t have made me happy. It would have been because Scott wanted me to go – it would have been for the most money. And then I’m always going to be known as a guy who always wanted the most money.”
Maybe those suggestions that A-Rod was listening less and less to Boras and that the two were parting ways are actually true. And maybe Boras is losing power like I had thought. I just can’t imagine Boras agreeing to become the fall-guy in the situation, taking all the heat in order to make his client (A-Rod), look better in the media; Boras has too large of an ego to let that happen. But signing an extension that gives you a newer version of the richest contract in baseball history doesn’t mean you’re not all about more money, A-Rod. The Yankees were the only team capable of giving you the most. I wonder if the Yankees will take this news as a slight.Google+