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Scott Boras says MLB is wrong to cut deals with PED pushers

Jan 13, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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Interesting comments from an “agitated” Scott Boras this evening, as he told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal via phone that MLB is wrong to enter into relationships with suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs and that the Anthony Bosch situation sets a dangerous precedent:

“The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is exonerated, when the genesis of this entire problem is now given a forum and compensation and is not behind bars for the distribution and promoting the use of illegal drugs not only to baseball players, but all members of the sporting community and youth,” Boras said.

“Until we rectify that problem we have not addressed the central issue of eradicating PEDs from professional sports. We have to have legislation; we have to have very clear authority and prosecution of these individuals.

“If these individuals go free, it promotes behavior to create processes to distribute PEDs knowing the league’s focus is on the players not on the distributors of drugs.”

It’s no surprise to hear Boras — the agent — be on the side of the player, and tonight’s comments aren’t far off from what he said back in August when it was first reported that MLB had cut a deal with Bosch. Still, as he often does, Boras has a way of making you think. And it’s hard to shake the notion that in a general sense, MLB’s priorities were out of whack.

  1. raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    It’s not a general sense, MLB has it’s priorities completely out of whack. No matter how big a jerk Rodriguez is, it’s still back assward to try to make an example of a player by crawling into bed with the pusher. Rodriguez deserves his punishment, but Bosch deserves to be behind bars.

    …and, yes, I don’t like being forced to agree with Scott Boras either.

    • vanmorrissey - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Cut the crap. It’s done in courts of law across the land everyday. Don’t be so sanctimonius.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Courts across the land cut deals with drug dealers to hammer users?! Really? Since when?

        Plus, even if that statement were true, which it patently isn’t, it would still be a dumb way of going about things. If one wishes to get rid of something, cutting off supply is much more effective than attacking the dealer’s individual customers.

      • gibbyfan - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        it’s a commonpractice in the criminal justice system to give immunity to informants who are known offenders in order to go after bigger fish…………that’s just a fact.

      • paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Yes, but the big fish here is the DEALER….the DEALER that was providing steroids to TEENAGERS….not some famous user.

      • gibbyfan - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Paper–I don’t spend a lot of time on the details of this case (God help us if CC writes one more article) but wasn’t aware that AB’s dealing with teenagers was material to this case, but that not withstanding, it’s usually the street level dealers9the ones that sell to teenagers) that are given deals to get the bigger fish…………….The CJS generally looks to the bigger picure, in this case PED use by MLB players and AB was the lesser guy who got the deal. As I said—it happens all the time and will never change in virtually all aspects of law enforcement

      • raysfan1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Gibby– if a deal were cut with Bosch to get at those further up the supply chain, I’d be on board. Bosch had to get his supply from somewhere. However, Rodriguez isn’t a bigger fish; he’s just a famous little fish.

        Pointing back up to my first comment, I’ve no sympathy for Rodriguez. He can go ahead and sit on his butt for a year, no problem. Bosch should be behind bars.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Please find me one instance where the DA cut a deal with a dealer to go after users….never happens that way.

  2. ironman721 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    It’s wrong to cut deals with Scott Boras as well.

    • metroplexsouthsider - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Bingo!

      Boras is just worried about dings to his clients’ wallets and nothing else.

      • 18thstreet - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        That’s ab outrageous accusation! To think that Scott Boras is representing his clients’ perceived in interests? Wow.

        Really makes you think.

      • pastabelly - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        It is not Boras’ job to worry about what is in the best interest of baseball. He is best when he puts his attention to maximizing his clients’ contracts and reading the markets well (except when it’s advising Stephen Drew to turn down a QO worth $14.1 big ones). As for MLB’s involvement with Bosch, there’s a lot of grey area here and the league needed to decide if the greater good (ridding the sport of PEDs) was best served in seeking the cooperation of those who were complicit in tainting the sport in the first place. I suppose I will side with the integrity of Manfred and Selig over Boras on this one.

    • yournuts - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Not if you’re a player. He seems to do quite well for himself and his clients.

  3. hbegley6672 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    MLB has no ability to punish the dealers…. Mr. Boras, to date, what and your fellow agents done to help support the effort you say you believe in? Nothing? Ok. Thought so

    • raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      They can turn evidence over to law enforcement. They can decline to pay for pushers’ legal defense. They can decide not to bribe drug dealers to get at individual users. There are a lot of things they can do.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        “They” being MLB.

    • nategearhart - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      MLB can’t punish dealers, but they also shouldn’t be making deals with them and providing them protection, either.

      • yournuts - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        And legal defense, and letting him off the hook in the lawsuit.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Priorities probably were out of whack I agree. That being said, sports is the one place in America where the employees on many occasions carry more power than the boss so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise.

  5. rusjam1961 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Mr. Boras fails to point out that he would still cash a check while representing a PED using player. Where do you think the Dr. Feelgoods get their recommendations from? That’s right, agents. When they start banning the player along with his agent, we might see some real progress.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      You talk ad if they guys offering these contracts to said player/agent are rubes who have no idea what’s going on.

  6. metalhead65 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    wait boras does not like this? I wonder why that would be? would not have anything to do with his clients possibly be outed by these guys would it? as long as he does not like it then by all means keep doing what you are doing MLB!

    • jwbiii - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I’ll go with “Alex Rodriguez’s suspension will cost Boras $1.25m.”

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    I always wonder why people hate Boras so much. Why is he to blame in this case? A he does is argue in favor of his clients. Its ultimately up to the individual organizations to give the money he’s asking for. If its too much then don’t give it to them. Seattle wasn’t tricked into giving Cano a contract he wont live up to. Either were the Angels with Pujols and Hamilton. It doesn’t matter who the agent is at the end of the day its the teams that do tje smart or dumb thing by offering the contract requested.

    • professormaddog31 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      The agent works for the player, not the other way around. Boras might be an egotistical jerk at times, but he does what he does on the player’s approval. There have been plenty of Scott Boras clients who haven’t been all about the money and/or squeezing every last dime from a team. I’m assuming you all remember that Greg Maddux was a Boras client for many years, and he took less money to sign with Atlanta the first time. He would have taken even less money to sign with the Cubs but let’s not get into that right now.

      Anyway, the point is, all the asshole behavior that Scott Boras does is approved by and under the guidance of the client. If the player doesn’t want to be a jerk, Boras tones it down.

      I might not particularly like Scott Boras, but he’s not Satan, either.

    • metalhead65 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      what happens whenteams refuse to pay his clients what he wants? they sue for collusion and are forced to pay . that is why I hate him and all agents. no sorry 50 million is not enough enough you must make it 100 whether you want to or not.

      • paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        No, what happens when teams don’t pay his clients is that his clients sign elsewhere.

        There has never been a charge of collusion against MLB owners that didn’t result in the owners paying huge penalties for colluding….because they collude to keep salaries down all of the time.

        I have no idea why you want owners to make more money than the talent that generates all of the revenue. Everyone that makes money around baseball does so either directly or indirectly because of the players. Every single owner of an MLB team makes more money owning the team than the best paid players will ever make….even horrible owners like Loria and McCourt made more money providing no value at all than the most highly paid players will ever make.

  8. mornelithe - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Aren’t MLB’s priorities based, in part, upon what can be negotiated and agreed upon in the CBA? I’m not familiar with the evolution of the PED’s testing system with regards to the CBA/JDA, but I know in Football, the NFL has attempted to insert head impact technology into the helmets, but the players themselves shot it down because they didn’t want some guy on the sideline reading a printout and telling him he couldn’t play.

    PED’s testing/enforcement is only as good/robust as the framework it exists in. If it needs work, it’s the responsibility of MLB and the players alike to get it done.

    • missingdiz - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      So it’s Football with a capital F. Okay. But if the goal is to cut down on “head impact” problems in Football, then go back to the leather helmets that kept Football players from getting the cauliflower ears rugby players get. Without the “protection” of the hard helmets, the players will stop slamming their heads into hard objects–i.e., other hard helmets. Same story with boxing. Get rid of the gloves that “protect” fighters and they’ll shift from head shots to body shots so they don’t break their hands.

      My point is that sensible policies in popular sports are next to impossible because of what we consumers of sports demand.

      • mornelithe - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:26 AM

        No, that won’t work. For the obvious reason of, accidents happen. The current helmets are fine, what they need are sensors in the helmet to detect serious impacts, which is well…WELL within our technological capabilities.

        My point was, players and league execs have to agree upon this stuff, and if they don’t, it never gets added into contracts. Hopefully, this whole saga will help everyone involved put things into a little better perspective moving forward.

  9. yousuxxors - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    he’s spot on

  10. cackalackyank - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Well this may change my mind. If Boras thinks making a deal with the like of Bosch is wrong, maybe there is something to be said for it.

    • stex52 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Nah, c’mon. I am no fan of Boras. But he is right on this one. They got their hands pretty dirty dealing with this little slimebag.

  11. anxovies - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Boras has a good point. Even the Justice Department, which along with the IRS is one of the more twisted government agencies, will offer a drug user a deal if he turns his dealer in. The two dozen or more investigators hired by MLB to investigate Rodriguez would have served baseball better by focusing on Bosch and turning over the evidence to the authorities. They have already paid a thief a lot of money for documents, what next? Pay PEDs dealers to turn in their customers?

  12. dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    That’s funny. I’m guessing Boras has had a number of PEDophiles on his client list over the years.

  13. yousuxxors - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    boxing gloves don’t lessen impact just prevent cuts

  14. louhudson23 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    How about the agents and the players get together and decide to stop going to back alley’s seeking “training supplements” and “cutting deals with pushers” and stop sticking needles in their asses and then all of this won’t matter. Complaining that someone is “cutting a deal” with a pusher pretty damn funny. Just who is it again that cut a deal with the pusher? Cutting a deal with a pusher is exactly how and why they are in the predicament they are in. Whining and crying over these details is beside the point….either fight to have them all made legal(which is when I stop watching,once again) and go down in flames sticking to your guns or stop doing them.Whatever the self serving personal reasons for accepting the punishments,I feel a certain respect for those players who have simply STFU and taken the suspensions the same way they took the needle,straight in the ass….(I realize that a needle is not the only means of delivery,but it remains a fixture)….Willfully and knowingly breaking the rules and then complaining about how you got caught is the height of self absorption…I understand the need to defend someone from a false accusation,be they murderer,child molester,tax cheat,shoplifter.But this isn’t a court of law.It’s an agreement,and you (or your client) agreed to not take these drugs….so,an idiot millionaire ballplayer who slinks through the garbage to find a guy who knows a guy has no leg to stand on,other than “I didn’t do it”…and clearly,they did…….so, if you or your client did it,then kwitcherbitchin…..They are against the rules.Innocence,not procedure is your only defense…

  15. gingerkid2000 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    If anyone is the authority on shady deals it would be Boras. This guy is such a scumbag just looking at his picture makes me want to take a hot shower with disinfectant soap then douse myself in hand sanitizer!

    • stex52 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      There is a lot to dislike about Boras. But remember two things:

      1. Boras does his stuff because his clients are going for every dollar they get. They sign off on his actions.
      2. This Bosch guy is a whole different level of bad. MLB is in bed with a guy who doesn’t mind selling drugs to kids.

  16. tfbuckfutter - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    I’m going to make a deal with a dig dealer today just to spite Boras…. which works out well because I’m almost out of weed.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      *drug.

      Stupid swipe texting that works just well enough to not always need proofreading.

      • stex52 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Oh, I thought you were going to buy a shovel. :-)

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        I’m not wasting money on a shovel unless A-Rod pays for the hit on Bosch upfront.

        Alex is the kind of guy who would be all “Oh no. You should have brought the shovel, lyme and bullets from home. I’m not paying for that. “

  17. paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Where are all of the “think of the children” types in this one? Bosch is under investigation for giving steroids to minors. This is the guy MLB is defending and bribing. A con artist scum bag that knows less about the effects of HGH, IGF, and testosterone than an average adult can learn online in an afternoon.

    • stex52 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Right on, Paper. I am no fan of Boras. But we are not even talking about the same level of bad. Bosch belongs under the prison.

    • umrguy42 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Serious question – I don’t recall the exact deal, is MLB paying for Bosch’s legal defense against the Feds? Or did they only agree to pay/repay for his legal defense in the lawsuit that they brought against him? The former is not cool, the latter is reasonable.

      • paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        I believe they agreed to pay for any of his legal fees in any action brought against him related to biogenesis…..and they gave him $800,000 up front. They are probably providing addition things, per diem, place to stay, travel, clothes, etc. so he looks less like scum bag.

        MLB was concerned with one thing only, getting ARod, and they didn’t care what they had to do to get him, including bribing Bosch, knowingly buying stolen property, threatening potential witnesses, whatever they needed to do.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        That’s crazy, I haven’t read that anywhere. It’s unreal that they will go out of their way to defend a severe drug dealer in court.

  18. fatelvis77 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    MLB put the pusher out of business. They didn’t give him immunity from criminal prosecution because they can’t. Don’t think for a minute that Bosch is in the clear from criminal prosecution. If I were the DA in Dade County I’d be sitting there biding my time until ALL the evidence came out in the civil forums, then I’d pounce on anyone and everyone criminally.

    • jwbiii - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Biogenesis went bankrupt before the Miami New Times story broke the whole thing open. So no, MLB had nothing to do with putting Biogenesis and Bosch out of business.

  19. rrsm53 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Someone may have mentioned it already but would Boras be so smug about it if AROD was still his client.

    Boras is about the money always will be. Him and AROD made a good pair. Two tools.

  20. tonyz6060chevy - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    MLB shouldn’t have to deal with swindler agents like Scott Boras !

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