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For some, part of his pitch is a deal-breaker: If I represent you, he has told some players in so many words, then only I do the negotiating. Their impression is that he wants 100 percent control.

"Why would I do that?" one player mused, looking back on the day that Boras tried to sign him as a high school senior. "It’s my life."

I don’t have anything to add, I just wanted to point out that this is one of the best columns by Buster Olney I have ever read (Insider req’d, unfortunately).

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  • It’s only a matter of time before Scott Boras’ ego consumes him. You wonder how much money he makes, and when it will finally be enough.
    I guess I will never understand major league ballplayers because I will never be in there position, but If I was offered five years 50 million to play in the town that I’ve always wanted to play in, or offered five years 60 million to play in some boring baseball town that doesn’t really have anything else going for it, I would accept the fifty million dollar deal. Give half the money to an investor, retire on the interest. Jesus, how much money do u need????

    Dave December 12, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • Whatever happens, Boras has firmly cemented his reputation as least popular man in the world of baseball.

    Hudson December 12, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Yeah, he sure is the guy everybody loves to hate. Get him, ARod and Steinbrenner in one room and the hatred might actually manifest itself physically (zombie ty cobb?).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) December 12, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Throw in Barry Bonds and you mind end up with some sort of bizarre Ty Cobb-Hitler zombie hybrid.

    desturbd1 December 12, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • On the contrary, Boras is very popular with the players in the world of baseball.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • This is true, although you wonder at what point — if any — Boras becomes so vilified that it becomes a public relations problem for players to choose him as their agent. Some players just wouldn’t care, of course, and it might never get to that point, but it’s an interesting thought.

    Paul SF December 12, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • I think that’s wishful thinking, Paul. No player is forced to choose Boras, and those that do know what they’re getting: a shark who will stop at nothing to get the most money for his client and push his client in that direction. And yet, he still has scores of players who make that choice.
    Don’t hate the playa, hate the game!

    Sam December 12, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • But you have to wonder at what point will teams refuse to deal with Boras, thus limiting the market for the player. Granted I think that’s pretty unlikely but it might happen…one day.

    nate December 12, 2006, 4:40 pm
  • As long as Teams pony up the money…

    walein December 12, 2006, 5:07 pm
  • It’s going to be interesting next year when really good free agents are available. There’s alot out there and it’s going to be a much thicker market.

    walein December 12, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • I think both these scenarios are possible, but they’re implausible, probably because the amount of time it would take for teams and/or fans to register that much disgust with an agent would outstrip the time that agent was actually practicing.

    Paul SF December 12, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • teams and/or fans register disgust
    Thinking along those lines for years while watching the machinations of the Yankee spending habits caused me no small amount of distress. Eventually, I came to accept that it is a distraction that has so little to do with my day-to-day reality.
    This “thing” about Matsuzaka, the Sox, Baseball, all of it and what it implies is not about the team nor the ardent fan feeling disgust. It is strictly tied to how Boras and Co. perform as agents to the players. It’s the same in that though a player, team, or company can have a rising tide of anger and disappointment, as long as it produces profits for the interested, invested parties, popularity with an attached fan such as myself does not register, and will never register unless en masse fans start voting with their wallets. Which they have not yet, at least not according to advance ticket sales for the ’07 season.
    Cases in point: Bill Gates. Alex Rodríguez. Ted Williams. Steinbrenner. Rachel Ray/Emeril/pick your celeb chef. Terrell Owens. Oprah.
    Exposure and financial reward breeds a level of contempt and vitriol that is surprising considering how little of one’s actual life is truly invested in the success or failure of the celebrity. How happy do you think ESPN/boston.com/every writer on the planet is that this protracted negotiation ensued? Huge revenue for the media. I know I get wrapped up in it.
    What does it really matter to me that Boras wants an amount of money for his client that is in every sense beyond my comprehension? Not one bit at all, but I have spent two hours today reading and posting about it. Now that’s entertainment.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Hey, no fair to Emeril. He was an accomplished chef long before he was a celebutard chef. Rachel Ray? No such resume. She’s brutal. Since Day 1.

    SF December 12, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • True, Emeril is a great chef and I shouldn’t tar his name by bookending him with Rachel Ray. FoodTV is my MTV.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • SF: off topic. I know you went to Batali’s place. Did you ever get to go to Nobu? Hopefully, when Laura and little Gerbil and I are in New York (upstate) next summer, we still hope to loop down to Manhattan for a day or two and want to catch a game in the Bronx.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • BTW: I know that Morimoto left Nobu years ago. I’m just curious.

    attackgerbil December 12, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Rachel Ray’s hot

    dc December 12, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Nobu: been once. Long time ago. Before I ate raw fish. Not qualified to critique, therefore. Though the cooked entrees were superb. I don’t know if the quality has been diluted by the mass expansion of the Nobu franchise. Mostly I still hear good things.
    Morimoto: 8 blocks from where I live. We’ve had the full tasting menu there. Spectacular. We’ve also eaten at the bar and at the sushi bar. Also spectacular. A tad over the top, since the restaurant is HUGE. Very expensive. Highly recommended, at least once. The fish is just superior.

    SF December 12, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • The Theo quote late tonight pacific time “the decision is up to Matsuzaka-san” confirms the club’s intentions….the Sox have indeed by now presented a last and final offer or rather ‘set’ of offers. The offer will be accepted or there will indeed be no deal. Think Pedro, think Damon, think A-Rod ….all of those broke down with no further movement or “chasing” from the final position (once reached and decided upon to be final) by the Bosox brass.
    This will be the same, and the jet to LA (actually John Wayne airport, to Newport Beach, to the Fashion Island office) insures that. A face to face meeting to deliver the final team position with a deadline was accomplished, along with the requisite “in person” attention provided by the highest Sox decision makers to insure sincerity and garner leverage via the publicity the stealth cross country trip caused.
    Boras still can emerge feeling (and announcing) he’s the winner in that the Sox raised their initial offer without a counter and with all of the attention he (and Mr. Matsuzaka) raised to expose and publicize the flaws in the posting process. Now that this year’s posting crop’s harvest is just about complete either way, the system can be modified before next year’s entrants wade into the international waters. Boras and Matsuzaka can and will be viewed as pioneers who created the change which will surely come follow the close of this circus. I predict they will now accept the Sox offer (or ONE of them, as I believe the Sox left a few options on the table) rather than face the blowout that will erupt on both sides of the Pacific should they opt to walk. Matsuzaka will both be very rich and very famous (and more importantly, honored) for “causing the change” to come about in the posting system – due to his own situation and his willingness to stand firm until the last moment.
    I believe the Sox offered a lower yearly amount for 4 (or 5) years with no retaining rights beyond that(an opt out clause as free agent at that time) and another for the “full” 6 years of control at somewhat higher annual $$ as the posting fee amortizes further. Matsuzaka-san can choose one of the combos of salary & contract length, or he can elect to leave the building, Elvis-style.
    Either way, the Sox are done bidding against themselves – believe it.
    For the good of the sport, everyone here in OC hopes Mr. Matsuzaka takes the “sure thing” in terms of money, honor and reputation that he has been offered. Tomorrow will be a memorable day either way…but it says here the odds are it will go down as outlined above.

    BobbyBucks December 13, 2006, 2:18 am
  • I hope Bobby is right…(done my Final :))
    Here’s what I’ve been thinking. I figured I’d write it now so I can take credit later if I’m right…heh.
    If Matsuzaka’s goal was to get $17-20MM a year, he probably is going back to Japan. But if he was set on coming to the US, and his goal was simply to get the most amount of money he possibly could…isn’t this the tactic he’d use? He’d hire Scott Boras, master of extracting money…he’d say, “I want to go to the US. Get the biggest and best offer you can.”
    Boras would say, “OK, fine. Then listen to me. You stay in your hotel room, don’t talk to anyone, and let me handle everything. I’ll talk big, refuse to issue a counter-offer if they lowball, or ever give any real indication of what we’re looking for. Boston will go nuts. They’re afraid of me, because they think I might convince you to stay with the Lions; we’ll use that against them. As the deadline approaches, they’ll get angry…they’ll try to turn the press on us; stay strong! I’ll act as though negotiations are going poorly…everyone in the world will think you’re about to walk back to Japan. Boston will make the highest offer they’d ever be willing to make…what choice would they have? Then, at the last minute, after they’ve had every opportunity to give you more money…we’ll accept. And afterwards, I’ll use this ‘fiasco’ to tear down the posting system as we now know it.”
    If Matsuzaka knew he wanted to come over here…this is the best tactic he could have possibly used. It’s entirely flawless; there’s absolutely no logical way to extract more money out of Boston. If Boras had given them a legit target, he’d never have been able to figure out just how much they’re willing to spend…this way, they pretty much lay it on the table, and say “this is it. This is the most we can risk on a Japanese pitcher, even one of Matsuzaka’s calibur. Take it or leave it.” What we’re seeing in the media right now is exactly what we’d see in this scenario, right down to JH’s anger and the apparent 40 minute, “This is it…it’s up to Matsuzaka” evening meeting.
    And if I’m wrong, I’m wrong…but I hope I’m right. And I’ve talked myself into being optimistic…heh.

    desturbd1 December 13, 2006, 3:16 am
  • Hey BB, not everyone here in OC hopes for Matsuzaka-San’s signing. This YF hopes he is on flight from LAX to Narita by tomorrow night. Not likely, but it would make my holiday. ;)

    bloodyank78 December 13, 2006, 4:08 am

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