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Boras gets the win

Aug 18, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

Jon Heyman yesterday: “Strasburg’s agent Scott Boras is said to be using Matsuzaka’s $52 million bonus as the baseline. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t come off that number.”

At $15.1 million, I’d say they came off that number quite a bit.  After months of having that $50 million number tossed around so casually, it’s kinda surprising that Strasburg ended up signing so far below his reported demands. A lot of other people are noticing that too and are thus calling this a big win for the Nats.

But then you have to remember two things. First, you have to remember that this deal is some 50% larger than the previous record, which was Mark Prior’s.  Second, you have to remember that Boras has long been the type of guy who couldn’t be bothered with perception and P.R. and all of that — he just wants to get the money. Tell me: if someone told you that they were going to get you 50% more dough than anyone in your position ever got, wouldn’t you think you hit the jackpot? If you were told that you had to pay $50 for something and in the end, only had to pay $15, wouldn’t you think you got a bargain? 

The net result of this is that if you followed the blow-by-blow of it all, it looks like Boras got his head handed to him. If you look at just the numbers, however, it was a great victory for team Boras. He created high expectations, by doing so ended up making his client a boatload of money and, like any good con man, made his mark — the Nats — happy to fork over the dough.

I have a good friend who often notes that It’s About the Money. I tend to believe him when he says that, and in light of it, I have to declare Scott Boras the victor here.

  1. Rotohead - Aug 18, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Scott Boras always wins(except with AROD’s ill-fated opt-out)

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Rotohead: How did Boras lose with the opt-out? Some bad pub? So what?
    He ended up shredding a $252m contract and UPPED it with a $275M (+$25m in incentives) contract. How’s that a losing move.
    And yes, it is always about the money!
    Boras won, the Nats won, Strasburg won. Baseball’s slotting/recommendation process lost. Again.

  3. Kas - Aug 18, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Boras got lucky with the A-Rod deal. If A-Rod didn’t know the right people to set up the meeting again with the Steinbrenners (and swallowed his pride in doing so) he would not be a Yankee. Boras was EXTREMELY lucky.

  4. Tom - Aug 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    I’m not sure how you can call Boras a winner here. Yes, Strasburg got more than Mark Prior but that was 8 years ago, is Strasburg’s contract any higher than the rate of inflation? Add in the fact that MLB revenues have nearly doubled in that time frame. In real dollars, it seems that Strasburg’s bonus was less than Prior’s.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 18, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Kas: Lucky? You don’t call a guy like Boras “lucky”. At some point long ago, we have to acknowledge his “skill”. He’s a master. Love ’em or hate ’em, but he’s the best at what he does.

  6. Steve - Aug 18, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    If you factor in an inflation rate of 2.4%, it works out to about an 18% increase over what Prior got. Still damn good in my opinion.

  7. Jason D - Aug 18, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Yeah, Boras really screwed up that Arod opt out…$300 million contract, what a loser.

  8. smsetnor - Aug 19, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    It’s like when my girlfriend goes shopping and comes back with a new dress and says, “Well, it was normally 150$ and I only got it for 50$! What a deal!” Or something.

  9. GBS - Aug 19, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Baseball’s salary inflation rate, and MLB’s revenue inflation rate, are both well over 2.4%. MLB’s revenues have basically doubled since Prior was drafted, so $20 million wouldn’t have been unreasonable in that context.

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