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Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

Mar 2, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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Mark Teixeira called reporters over to his locker this morning to announce that he’s dropped agent Scott Boras, who’s represented Teixeira since he was a first-round pick in 2001.

Teixeira explained the move by saying:

Sometimes, business relationships just run their course. Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be “Scott Boras client.” I want to be Mark Teixeira, baseball player, helping this team win championships. Scott did a great job getting me my contract. I wanted to be in New York from the beginning, and everything that I’ve asked for has come through so far. And from here on out, there’s no reason to worry about the contract. It’s all about winning championships and helping out the community.

It’s unclear why remaining with Boras would have precluded Teixeira from “winning championships and helping out the community,” but Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees first baseman “has contemplated a switch for more than a year, even hiring another agency to handle his off-field charitable efforts.”

Alex Rodriguez also parted ways with Boras last year, but the powerful agent recently lured Robinson Cano away from another agent and the actual monetary loss here doesn’t figure to be particularly significant. As the above quote from Teixeira notes, he’s signed with the Yankees through 2016 thanks to an eight-year, $180 million contract that was negotiated by Boras. The agent’s commission on that massive deal doesn’t change and by the time Teixeira is ready for another contract he’ll be 37 years old, so the potential for a big payday for his next representative is slim.

Still, it’s an interesting move considering Teixeira’s explanation.

  1. BC - Mar 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    My guess is Boras wasn’t supportive of Tex’s charitable work because there was no money in it for him (Boras). Tex saw that, made the first move to hire the outside agency, and then finally must have wondered what value Boras was bringing to him at this point.

    • fatcatt - Mar 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM

      right on the money, he finally got out from under the rock. boras is bad for sports

  2. henryd3rd - Mar 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Tex’s move make me wonder why now? BorAss still get a percentage of his income from that last contract he negotiated for him regardless. And; it highly unlikely he’ll sign another contract in the future so why now? Endorsements? Say what you want about BorAss he gets his clients their money!

  3. 8man - Mar 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Translation: “Boras is a greasy bastard who’s really good at getting people like me paid. That being said, I can’t stand the guy and since there probably isn’t a big payday left for me, I’m cutting him loose and taking several showers with a pumice laden soap.”

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 2, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      Agreed. Why does he hate to be known as “Mark Texiera, Scott Boras Client”(those are his words, not mine)??? Because Scott Boras’s name is associated with that little ring around your bathtub. What’s it called…oh yeah, scum. Used to be that people would say “Oh, Boras is great and he doesn’t do anything wrong.” Really? How can you say that now when one of his own clients has dropped him because, and again, I will quote, “I don’t want to be known as SCOTT BORAS CLIENT”. Hmm.

      • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        “Why does he hate to be known as “Mark Texiera, Scott Boras Client”(those are his words, not mine)???”

        I didn’t see that quote in this article. Nor have I ever seen that quote attributed to Teixeira regarding Boras. The vitriol fans have for Boras is naïve and demonstrates a lack of understanding of baseball as a business. Boras is nothing more than someone hired to do the bidding for the player because most athletes are not educated, smart or trained well enough to do it themselves. And, because for decades the owners screwed the players not only with how baseball was structured with regard to the reserve clause but taking advantage of their general lack of education and sophistication.

        Boras does exactly what he clients expect of him, get them the best contract possible. He’s not hoodwinking old ladies out of their bingo money. He’s dealing with professional baseball executives and team owners that are successful business people in their own right. If he gets the better of them perhaps they should be fired for incompetence? What is the biggest single accusation against him; .. that he lies? Really, the “liar liar pants on fire defense doesn’t protect MLB FO’s from him? Aside from the fact that is his well known persona nobody has EVER proved that he has in fact lied about anything. No team official has or would EVER publically state that he’s lied or he’s dishonest because he’d sue them into destitution for slander. We’ve all heard about the mystery team that is interested in a certain player that is never identified. That doesn’t make it a lie and for all we know he’s not even stretching the truth. I’ll bet the teams interested in Jayson Werth were told about the mystery team and they didn’t believe it either, even if they were told it was the Nats. Except that mystery team signed him to the contract that NOBODY thought he was worth.

        Boras does the dirty work for the players and takes al the heat which is fine because he’s handsomely rewarded. But, if you hate him you should hate every one of his clients too because he is doing their bidding. Whether the priority is getting a player to a certain team or getting them the most lucrative contract it’s almost always a combination of the two desires that only the player and he know for sure. Nevertheless, he gets his marching orders from the player he represents. But, that is the very definition of his job. And, had owners not been such greedy SOBs in the first place, for decades, there would be no need for him.

        If you asked 100 fans if they were a top tier MLB FA which agent they would want representing them 95 would say Boras and the rest either don’t know what they are talking about or they’re are full of it. When something that important is on the line, like a onetime career and life defining contract, you want the best available representation and when discussing baseball agents that is generally Boras. He’s not in the business of being liked he’s in the business of being effective and business is good.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Ok he didn’t say hate…he said “Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be “Scott Boras client.” Picky picky.

    • cur68 - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      8man; Nailed it!

      • bigdicktater - Mar 2, 2011 at 9:44 PM

        Yeah, but bigharold painted the big picture.

  4. jwbiii - Mar 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Rather than charitable work (notice that Teixeira is paying the agency which represents him for that), I would suspect that other agents are more closely connected to advertising agencies which will generate money for both Teixeira and his new representatives.

  5. nps6724 - Mar 2, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    This actually makes me think worse of Tex than Boras. We already knew Boras was slimy so it’s not like that is a surprise to Tex. So what this tells me about Tex is he’s perfectly fine with having a scummy agent so long as he gets him the biggest contract possible. Now that he’s done that, Boras is useless to Tex and thus expendable.

  6. psousa1 - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    We all know about the first round picks Boras has represented – threaten holdouts (or holdout) and got them big money I wonder how many of these tactics have backfired on him and cost a kid millions or even a career. I heard about the high school kid the Twins drafted who was a Boras client and held out for almost two years – became a middle round pick, hurt his shoulder and is now working at Sams Club. You know there has to be more. Even the established major leaguers get run through the mud. Nobody (it seems)ever comes out looking good with him. Drains every team for the last possible dollar – Teixeira where in the end, after Boston dropped out, NY was bidding against themselves. The A-Rod thing of opting out of his contract (this was because Boras wouldn’t get a commission unless A-Rod signed a new deal) and the JD Drew/Daisuke Matsuzaka: Funny how JD Drew opted out of his LA contract – absolutely nobody except Boston was in the bidding for him and Boston wound up winning the bid for Daisuke (Boras international client) = package deal (with a certain member of the baseball media being the errand boy between Theo Epstein and Boras. Boras is slimy. Makes Drew Rosenhaus look like Pat Boone.

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      John Henry, .. is that you? You still PO’d over the Drew/Matsuzaka thing?

      “Nobody (it seems)ever comes out looking good with him.”

      Only to fans that don’t understand that what happens on the field and in the clubhouse is baseball and the rest is business. Big business.

      You point out that he “Drains every team for the last possible dollar ” as if he’s committing some moral or ethical transgression. What about the players that he represents? They’re grown ups and they have the last word and they are just as responsible.

      What about owners that “Drains .. the last possible dollar ” from the fans? That’s OK but players treating contract negotiations in a business like manner is verboten?

      Fans don’t like Boras because either he’s representing a player that is leaving their team or he’s getting their team to pay market rate for a player. Well that’s his job to represent the player. But, since fans root for the team and then the player the fans tend to take it personal. Well, like in the “Godfather”; It’s not personal it’s business. And, if you were a MLB player you’s want Boras or somebody equally as good at his job to represent you too.

      I understand why fans get upset when they either lose a player they like or don’t get the one they covet. What I don’t get is why they don’t understand that the agents are merely part of the process, just like the teams and the players. And they are no more or less in deserving of fans wrath when it comes to unpopular personnel decisions. Agents are just one part of the process and Boras happens to be one of the better ones.

  7. lanflfan - Mar 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    bora$ is definitely a slimy bastard who is quickly killing MLB, but Tex isn’t innocent either. He could definitely have left some dollars on the table, as Cliff Lee did, and still been pretty set for life. Agents share a large part of the financial death of MLB, but players and owners have to take it upon themselves to not kill the “golden goose”. Unless they want to get regular jobs like the rest of us.

    I wonder if one reason for cutting ties with bora$ is because the only community or charity bora$ supports is his almighty bank account.

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      “bora$ is definitely a slimy bastard who is quickly killing MLB,…’

      Really, .. how so?

  8. cap324 - Mar 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Tex may be dropping Boras because Boras is supporting or advocating a Robinson Cano line-up move into the three-hole, where Tex has been hitting. Apparently there has been some chatter about Cano hitting 3rd, and certainly, with Tex signed very long term, and Cano younger and coming up for a new deal much sooner, it would increase Cano’s value as a new Boras client to hit there where he would have greater protection. It would not surprise me if Boras has made it known that he supports this move and Tex dropped him for what he felt was a disloyal stab in the back.

  9. bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    ” It would not surprise me if Boras has made it known that he supports this move and Tex dropped him for what he felt was a disloyal stab in the back.”

    That’s a reach. You are supposing that he has far more influence than can be validated. Besides since Boras is supposedly universally despised by owners, GMs and management in general they’d ignore him even if they thought it was a good idea.

    • cap324 - Mar 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      Hi bigharold.

      Obviously my theory is pure speculation, and I agree that Boras is detested by most in baseball, but Boras could easily show support for such a baseball move or exert influence around it in a number of ways that have little directly to do with team management.

      Theoretically, Boras could plant stories to the press re this move, he could urge Cano to show support for it, or he could even broach the subject with Tex. Or perhaps in some other way that we have not thought of, as he is one of the smartest people in baseball.

      Boras probably somehow personally pissed Tex off, as no reasonable explanation has been given for firing him; granted, it could have merely been that Tex saw no reason to continue to be associated with with such a despicable personality, but I doubt that it was due to something like Tex wasnt getting good service with Boras re his charities, or something like that, as Boras to me is too smart to let that happen.

      So, what upset Tex?

      • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM

        I agree that the reasoning provided by Teixeira was somewhat absent and at least vague and I’d like to know why he made a point of announcing it but in effect it’s not really a big deal.

        He was already using somebody else for other things that required representation and as he said, perhaps the relationship had run it’s course. Perhaps, it’s as simple as he wanted to throw business to another agent that is a friend, more reasonable priced or is more accessible. I think it would be interesting to know but I don’t automatically assume that there is some nefarious.

        In the end, according to Teixeira, Boras helped him get a very good contract to a team he said he always wanted to play for and just in time to be part of a WS championship. There isn’t much there to be angry about.

  10. guileless22 - Mar 2, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    So Boras still gets his massive commissions from Tuhsheruh and Rodriguez and doesn’t have to do any more ass-kissing to them? The man is a genius.

  11. cap324 - Mar 2, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Maybe, bigharold.

    But does “the relationship has run its course” really explain anything. I wonder, if someone fired you or ended a relationship with you and gave that reason, would you actually think that was all there was to it? I wouldn’t.

    It would have been very easy for Tex to give the specific explantion that you suggest in a way that let Boras save face; however Tex chose to essentially leave the facts a mystery, and to me that does not reflect well on Boras or Tex’ relationship with him. Therefore I would not rule out a more acrimonious basis for the firing.

    And I would not rule out Boras behaving in a manipulative or even “nefarious” manner wherever his profits are concerned.

    Since we are both speculating on the motive, I guess anything is possible, and we will never know what transpired unless it is actually revealed at some point. But Tex’s explanation so far is vague and weird, and is ambiguous instead of fact-based, to the point where it is very strange.

  12. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 2, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    I have a feeling that many of you have huge beer belly’s and are confused for pregnant woman are not very athletic, Scott will not care what you think about him.

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      Your right I don’t think Boras really cares.

      ” … you have huge beer belly’s and are confused for pregnant woman are not very athletic,…”

      You say that like it’s a bad thing?

    • cur68 - Mar 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      Hey rapmusic; What in tarnation does this post of yours mean? Like, is there a specific lady in a delicate condition you have in mind? Are you expecting her to be athletic or not? If yes, then why? She’s gonna have a BABY you monster! (LEAVE PREGNANT WOMAN ALONE!). Will Scott care if she is athletic and, if yes, will he try to represent her (since you know what he feels, and, presumably, thinks)? And stop feeling our beer bellies you perv!

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