Boras Deserves Punishment for Latest Stunt

It’s more obvious now than ever that it’s more about Scott Boras than the players he represents. By challenging that Pedro Alvarez, the number two overall pick in June’s draft, agreed to a contract after the midnight deadline, Boras is preventing a college kid from starting his career and collecting $6M. In the process, he’s also jeopardized Eric Hosmer’s agreement with Kansas City, forcing the Royals to hold him out of games.

Funny how none of this surfaced immediately after the August 15th midnight deadline. Not until a few days later, when it was publicized that two lower draft picks received higher bonuses and major league deals than Boras’ client, did the deadline become an issue. The Pirates appeare to win the negotiation, and Boras can’t accept that, ever. He accused MLB of allowing the deal to go past the deadline, trying to salvage his reputation of getting the best deals for his clients and apparently settle a personal vendeta with Pirates President Frank Cooneley.

If his client was not happy with the deal, why did he agree to it at the time? And why did Boras not have any problems until information about other deals became public? Those two questions point to the issue being more about Boras than Alvarez. He pulled it with A-Rod last year,  except the star had enough power to leave Boras behind and stand up for himself. Alvarez is not in position to do that.

While fighting his own battle, Alvarez has to sit and wait, not allowed to play for the Pirates, delaying the start of his journey to the majors, his dream. He’ll undoubtedly get the money, but he doesn’t have it now. Hosmer has been dragged in along with Alvarez for no reason except his deal went to the deadline and MLB needs to prove it didn’t give the Pirates preferential treatment. The Royals did the right thing not risking punishment by holding Hosmer back.

MLB and more importantly, MLBPA, needs to step in and sanction Boras. There are not many reasons I can identify on how this reflects acting in the best interest of his client. Eventually players start to go elsewhere as problems continue, but Boras deserves punishment. Set the example now so future draft picks and all players become more aware, taking more control, when working with Boras. Maybe a slap on the wrist will actually put him in line. Boras can still be cutthroat and get his clients the best deals without stepping over the line.

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