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Scott Boras throws some shade at Jay Z

Dec 12, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

Boras sulking AP

Jay Z lured Robinson Cano away from Scott Boras and then got him a $240 million contract with the Mariners, so naturally Boras took a couple shots at Beyonce’s husband yesterday:

It’s very different to be the creator of the umbrella versus those who stand under it. … When you’re bringing the prettiest girl to the prom, you don’t really pay attention to who he’s dancing with, unless it’s a very unusual step.

This isn’t the first time Boras has thrown some shade Jay Z’s way publicly. Boras makes a fair point, sort of, although I’m guessing Jay Z’s response would probably be something like “I have a trillion dollars and I’m married to Beyonce, so I don’t have time to bring anyone but the prettiest girl to the prom.”

Also, intentional or not, that’s a pretty solid Rihanna/”Umbrella” reference by Boras:

  1. nctaxpro - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    It probably was intentional. Boras is a pretty sharp guy.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Scott is saying is Jigga is groovy man.

    • cebig - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Scotty shouldn’t act like he’s wearing a Halo. He’s just made because he knows Robby was an Irreplaceable client.

  2. nyyankeefanforever - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I don’t quite get Scott’s analogy. Is he trying to say he created Robbie? He wasn’t even Robbie’s original agent. Bobby Barad was. Boras didn;t come aboard until 2011. Cool story Scott!

    • Kevin S. - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I think he’s saying he created the environment in which that kind of contract for a 31 y.o. is feasible.

      • bunkerhillbob - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        That’s about as good a guess as any; he needs to work on his zingers.

    • hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      He’s saying he created the mega contract. He created the ballooning of the free agent years and salries, and Jay Z is just the old man in “Up” who’s along for the ride.

      • paperlions - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Okay, who’s Dug in that analogy?

      • hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        I don’t know, but Brian McCann is definitely the straight out of the box Buzz Lightyear.

      • km9000 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Doesn’t really fit into the analogy, but the baseball figure that reminds me of Dug is Dan Plesac.

        “I think he can come back from his disappointing 8-10 season, but… SQUIRREL!”

    • nyyankeefanforever - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Boras neither created the mega-contract nor the environment for them. For those you have to go back to the Boss and Marvin Miller. Boras is just a good umbrella salesman.

      • hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        He did sell George over a few billion umbrellas though.

    • bigharold - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      “I don’t quite get Scott’s analogy. ‘

      The point seems to be that Cano was the best Fa this off season so of course he got the big contract therefore it wasn’t that much of an accomplishment.

      If so, I see his point but only to a point. Cano was in fact the best FA available but the trick the Jay Z’s group did was getting that contract after most of the usual suspects had already declared that they weren’t in on Cano AND the Yankees made it clear that they weren’t going to $240 mil or 10 years.

      Just as a WAG, (wild ass guess), I’d say the Mariner’s could have signed Cano for about $200 to $210 mil and a couple of years less since the only real suitor seemed to be the Yankees at $175 mil/7yrs. So, I guess you could say that Jay Z and his guys chiseled the Mariners for about 10 to 20%, .. just like Boras would have done had he been given the chance. So, while I see Boras’ point, .. to a point, .. there is also more than a hint of sour grapes too.

  3. nyyankeefanforever - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I don’t quite get Scott’s analogy. Is he trying to say he created Robbie? He wasn’t even Robbie’s original agent. Bobby Barad was. Boras didn’t come aboard until 2011. Cool story Scott!

    • nyyankeefanforever - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      stupid lag….lol.

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    For those not pop-culturally inclined, Jay Z not only discovered Rihanna, but also is credited as a co-writer on the song ‘Umbrella’, which was released on the label he is most known for, Def Jam, and his label Roc-Nation.

    • anxovies - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      What’a a Rihanna and why does it need an umbrella and why doesn’t anybody have a real name anymore?

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers “found” Rihanna. They had her audition for Jay-Z and LA Reid.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      HOV is totally awesome, he is the shizzle!

  5. hojo20 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Without the makeup, etc, Beyonce isn’t that attractive.

    • El Bravo - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I’m wondering what the “etc.” is you refer to? Is it her attractiveness? Yeah, must be.

      • #nastyswaggedout - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        It’s the weave.

    • mikhelb - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Makeup or not, she still is nalgona.

  6. losangelesfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I was hoping that Boras and Jay-Z were the two agents that got into a fist fight at the winter meetings.

    • gatorprof - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Although highly unlikely, the thought of Boras putting a beat down on Jay-Z is comical.

  7. El Bravo - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    If Boras can rhyme words, it seems like he has what it takes to get into Jay’s original line of work: rap. Clearly he is good at blowing himself so he has that part covered.

    • El Bravo - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    • cackalackyank - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      I thought Jay-Z’s admitted original line of work was being a dealer?

  8. skipcastaneda - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Jay-Z is just an attention seeking no good SOB.

    • southofheaven81 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      …who did his job & got his client a mega-deal.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Getting huge money for a guy like Cano was a no-brainer. Ferraris don’t really need salespeople. If you are looking at Ferraris you already know what you want.

        Let’s see if he can help some smaller fish rule the pond

      • bigharold - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        “Getting huge money for a guy like Cano was a no-brainer.”

        Scott, .. is that you??

        Getting the Mariners to outbid the Yankees 65 million was a pretty neat trick though.

  9. grumpyoleman - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Rihanna is nasty

  10. davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Scott Boras is a great agent. His job is securing the best possible contracts for his clients, and he performs exceptionally. It’s funny how so many people think that the previous system, that mimicked indentured servitude/slavery (an environment in which players were bought and sold and there was no such thing as free agency) was better than the current system.

    • bigharold - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      I don’t think anybody thinks that but on the other hand the current system isn’t exactly flawless.

      I’m 100% for players getting their share of the pie, .. nobody ever paid a nickel to watch an owner do anything. I certainly rather the players were over paid here and there rather than 30 wealthy owners merely adding more to their coffers. But, a system whereby, the Cardinals, (the Cards only for illustration), .. got a huge bargain on Pujols for ten years, and he was under paid by a lot many of those years, … then transitions to a situation whereby the Angels are going to over pay him for 10 more years, .. and it seems they’ll be over paying by quite a bit. On some level that is neither fair to the teams nor players at different stages.

      Boras is a great agent and if I were a player he’s the guy that I want representing me. He consistently maximizes players earnings potential and subsequently their options. Nobody is putting a gun to the head of these GMs nor are the babes in the woods. They’re suppose to be seasoned professionals with the requisite baseball an business acumen to deal successfully with agents, .. even really good ones. But, he also over sells his clients frequently and his clients frequently leave one team for another which leads to pissing off both front office types and fans. But that doesn’t mean any one wants to go back to the reserve clause days.

  11. pgilbert2013 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Hojo, you gotta admit she’s sporting a terrific hiney.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    “Throws shade” should be reserved for celebrity gossip blogs.

    • NatsLady - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      No. Because I would never know the lingo if it didn’t show up here.

  13. hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    “Boras maintained the talent of the player led to the agreement, not the player’s representation.”

    So Boras is saying it doesn’t matter who Cano’s agent was because his talent dictated his value. Now, is that just Cano? How can Boras take a percent the next time one of his talented clients signs a big contract? After all, he did say it doesn’t matter who the representation is… Or is he saying Cano got a lot of money, but Boras could have gotten him more?

  14. hildezero - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    XD Fo real, dawg. I think Jay would stab that punk Scott Boras instead though. Lol.

  15. 950003cups - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Who castes about Rihanna, Jay Z, Boras, or umbrellas! I’m suffering! Yankees are heading back to the 80’s, Knicks are still garbage, GIants fell out of the playoffs September, and the Devils are under .500.

    At least ingot a good giggle at Detroit signing Joba

    • 3yardsandacloud - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      I hope you keep that sense of humor when he’s tossing in October and your guys are attending Jeter’s retirement party. Chamberlain was fine outside of Yankee Stadium and he’s going to Detroit as a middle reliever. I don’t know if there is a less tense job for him.

  16. hildezero - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Are you serious? What about your NYRB?

  17. krenshaws - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I could have gotten 10 years 240 million from the Mariners. It takes a real agent like Boras to get real deals done. Boras woulda got like 275 million if he negotiated the contract and it would have been in a major market team. Jay-Z is and will continue to be a joke in the sports world.

    • pastabelly - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      I give JayZ a lot of credit. The previous three very long term deals have all been done by Boras and have all been busts. Despite that and all of the lessons learned from that, JayZ got Cano $240 million. Let’s get serioud here too. JayZ hired some very sharp agents who worked for top baseball agencies to do this deal. He knows how to play the game.

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        They have not all been busts. The worst slash line for Alex Rodriguez from 2001-2009 (in terms of combining his lowest BA, lowest OBP, lowest Slugging %, lowest HR total, and lowest SB total from 2001-2009) is: .286/.375/.512 / 30 HR / 9 SB. His average from 2001-2009 was .302/.399/.584 / 44 HR / 18 SB. 2010, which would have been the last season of his 10 year deal, was a down year for him, in which he posted a line of .270/.341/.506 / 30 HR / 4 SB The first 10 year contract for Rodriguez was fine. It’s not his problem that Randy Levine insisted that the Yankees resign him to another 10 year deal when he opted out of his contract (over the objections of Brian Cashman, who wanted to let him walk).

        By the way, Boras didn’t complete all three; Pujols was not a Boras client.

      • krenshaws - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Boras’ success speaks for itself. He has the top clients and gets top dollar, he is the best agent for a big name player in the game. He has the experience, drive and connections to get you paid. “You can get a good look at at bone if you stick your head up a cows ass but wouldn’t rather take the butchers word for it.”

      • pastabelly - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        If the three contracts weren’t busts (for the team that did them), why is it that the team that signed those contracts wanted to get out of them?

      • shorttracknews - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        To much hype for JayZ if you ask me. That 300 million number being thrown around (that later was supposedly not said) was for a reason. Cano fully expected to get paid close to that and he wanted it to be in New York. Cano could have signed for 200 million in New York and made another 40 million in endorsements and competed. Now he’s stuck in Seattle on a bad team. And to those people saying that the Boras deals were bad for the teams and they want out of them…well duh, of course they are. Do you honestly think Seattle won’t be regretting this deal down the road when the age creeps up and the numbers decline??

  18. meatcarroll - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    “Scott Boras you over baby, Robbie Cano you’re coming with me!”

  19. 13arod - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    are they the ones theat fought yesterday I hires not but I could see them fighting ss on

  20. hildezero - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM


    Why do you say that? Is it because he’s a rapper and your a country music fan? XD

  21. hildezero - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Yeah, but of course at some point someone will wanna take his thunder, but can’t it be Jay-Z? I’ll take Jay over Boras.

  22. kristucker3 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Another fine individual speaking from the public school system —————————————————-
    Dec 12, 2013, 1:42 PM CST
    XD Fo real, dawg. I think Jay would stab that punk Scott Boras instead though. Lol.

  23. joo5 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM


    • hittfamily - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      joo5. Is that like a high five in Israel?

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