Manny Ramirez Switching to Scott Boras

Funny, just a few months ago I was wondering whether or not superagent Scott Boras was losing power in the baseball world. He had little involvement in the A-Rod negotiations, we were told, and he was fired by Kenny Rogers, all within a few weeks. But now this revelation by Jon Heyman of SI that the Red Sox slugger is switching over to Boras means that all is still straight in the baseball universe.

Much ado has been made over Manny’s contract situation recently. He has said this week that he wants to remain with the Red Sox for his career. On the other hand, Manny also said he would have no problem becoming a free agent after the year, rather than exercise his option for ’09. So what to make of this news? Ordinarily you wouldn’t figure a man intending to re-sign with his existing team would go out and hire the most notorious of all baseball agents. It’s as simple as putting A and B together: hiring Boras = pursuing free agent contract.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Red Sox do have several Boras clients on their team, including JD Drew, Dice K, Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury, Julian Tavarez, and Alex Cora. Clearly Boras and the team have a good working relationship, so the possibility that Boras re-signs certainly exists. I just don’t get why any player would switch to Boras if they didn’t have the intention of making a huge score in the free agent market. We’ll wait to see what happens.

Is Scott Boras Losing Power?

First we had A-Rod go back to the Yankees sans Boras to negotiate his contract, per Yankee demand. True, it’s the largest deal in baseball history, but it had to be somewhat of a blow to Boras’ ego to be left out of the room, even if he did get the last laugh and wound up negotiating it. But getting fired by Kenny Rogers could not possibly have been on ol’ Scotty’s wish list for the Holidays.

This sure isn’t the first time an agent has ever been fired, but it’s a sign that Boras’ realm of power is somewhat smaller. There are teams out there that flat-out refuse to negotiate with Boras and players he represents. Boras banks on the idea that there is still always one team that will cave to his demands (the Yankees were the most recent), but maybe players are learning that it’s not always in their best interest to be represented by Boras. Rogers could be case in point.

If Boras takes the attitude that it’s his job to get his players the most amount of money possible — in turn resulting in the most money for himself — then is he always servicing his players’ best interest? Perhaps not. And rather than make an extra million or two on the free agent market, maybe Rogers just wants to be in Detroit where he’s happy. Money isn’t always everything — but it seems like it is to Boras, yet not to Rogers.