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Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:19 am

By Matt Snyder

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has decided to part ways with Scott Boras (seen above during happier times), ending a 12-year relationship with the uber-agent.

"There are a lot of things and no reason to go into details," Teixeira said. "We have been together long enough and time to go in a different direction ... When I hired Scott at 18 to help with career there was talk about free agent contract. At times I was Mark Teixeira, Scott Boras client instead of Mark Teixeira, baseball player." (New York Post )

As a Boras client, Teixeira landed an eight-year, $180 million contract. He still has six years left on that deal, so one could argue he doesn't really need an agent's services too much the next few years. He's going to make $22.5 million in 2016 before becoming a free agent.

Boras also lost Alex Rodriguez as a client earlier this offseason.

It's an interesting query: Why are these guys leaving Boras? Both have plenty of years and money left on their contracts -- incredibly lucrative ones that Boras negotiated. Does it show a lack of loyalty or the players tiring of Boras -- or neither, as it could be just a coincidence?

Here's an enlightening quote on the situation.

Bryan Hoch, the beat writer for the Yankees, tweets that "Teixeira said he wants to focus more on helping Yankees win and impact in community, not next contract. Feels Boras isn't best fit for that."

Interesting. So with six years left on a deal, Boras is still talking about the next one? While that's certainly his job, I can see how it would be a bit exhausting. It's not like Tex is going to be in the poor house anytime soon.

DEJA VU: Milton Bradley is swinging a hot bat in the spring. He's had problems with his current manager before (Eric Wedge), but he's learned from his mistakes and is now focused on doing the right things to help the team win. The manager is singing his praises. And it's March 2. We've heard this song and dance before, even if some specifics are different. Maybe one of these days something will change. Until then, history is the biggest indicator of future behavior. After 11 seasons, you don't even need a whole hand to count the number of times a season has ended on a positive note for Bradley. He's going to have to prove otherwise for a full season before getting the benefit of the doubt here. ( )

LILLY SCRATCHED: Ted Lilly was supposed to make his spring training debut Wednesday, but he's been scratched due to the flu. No long-term worries here whatsoever, though no new date for Lilly's first spring outing has been set. ( )

TROUBLE ON THE HOME FRONT? There seems to be some signals crossed in Pirates camp when it comes to Scott Olsen. Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said that Olsen was fighting for the fifth rotation spot and could be sent to the bullpen if he loses out. That was news to Olsen. "He hasn’t told me that, I don’t know anything about the bullpen, I’m a starter," Olsen told the Post-Gazette. "They didn’t bring me in here to be a bullpen guy," he continued. "They want to do that, we are going to have to have a conversation about it, and we haven’t had one about it." Um, really? We're talking about a guy with this line in his career as a starting pitcher: 36-49, 4.87 ERA, 1.48 WHIP. In the past two years, he's 6-12 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. And he apparently thinks he's in a position to make demands? Wow. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

STAYING PUT: Brandon Phillips wants to stay with the Reds. The Reds want to keep him. Of course, in baseball we know we have to deal with much more than that, when it comes to dollars the player feels he's worth and the dollars the smallish market team can pay him -- especially with all the young talent the Reds have on the roster. John Fay breaks down how it might shake out. (Cincinnati Enquirer )

HIATUS? Former Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has still yet to sign a contract. In fact, he may be ready to sit out an entire season. Jerry Crasnick of reports via Twitter that he talked to a player who knows Bonderman and "more than likely he's going to sit this year out." Crasnick also offered that Bonderman "doesn't have the energy for more rehabs, or going to camp and having to fight for a spot." In several ways, it's easy to feel bad for Bonderman. First of all, he was thrown into the fire on the worst major-league team in recent memory as a 20 year old -- that 2003 Tigers team that went 43-119. Bonderman took his lumps all year, going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. A few years later, he was a quality pitcher on a team that made the World Series. Since then, he's fallen apart with injuries and has never really scratched the surface on his potential. He's still only 28, so maybe a full season of rest can do some long-term good for his baseball potential. (Crasnick on Twitter )

FRIENDS FOREVER: Barry Bonds' ex-trainer is going to jail, again, instead of testifying against Bonds. Loyalty or blind stupidity? You make the call. (Associated Press )

NO LOANS FOR YOU! The Mets will not be receiving any more loans from Major League Baseball. That cool $25 million from last November will have to do. Maybe the Mets could borrow back some of the money Jason Bay didn't earn last year? (New York Times )

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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:00 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

All the more reason to ditch Boras...10% and then 15% for him to invest it for you with his broker thats giving him a kick back for a high roller!  Adios Sot and good riddance!

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:55 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

Tex got rid of one of the most boorish agents in the game.  Good for him.  Scott Boras brings nothing to the table other than a case of indigestion for arbitrators and club owners.  He gets plenty of money for his players but how hard is that with AROD and Tex when you have the Yankees and Red Sox competing for their services?  They could have negotiated those deals on their own and saved 10% ... duh?  Whoops forgot AROD and Tex were getting lowballed by the Red Sox.  But they sure didn't need Boras for their Yankee deals.  It was time for AROD and Tex to bring a nicer guy to the table.  People do like nice guys.  Scot Boras is not a nice guy.  And contrary to popular belief nice guys do not finish last and they have way more friends.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:25 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

friends forever:  Blind stupidity unless he has something to hide about himself that Barry knows that would warant more jail time.  Then i guess its smart

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:31 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

Ok HALO fans!  Heres Hoping Kendry Morales and Jared Weaver follow suit and ditch the D-Bag Boras.... that will increase our chances tremendously in keeping both cornerstones of our franchise after this season!  Angels are known to NOT like dealing with Boras.  (Even though the jerk owns a box seat at the Big A )

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:00 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

Neither Tex nor Boras is going to have to shop at the ole Thrift store.

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:11 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

I'm seeing a trend here.....A-Rod, then Tex. Hm, so after using Boras to command top dollar, these mega-stars are shunning him after they have been paid? Sounds like what sports agents do. Will Adrian Beltre be next? Maybe Boras' power is slipping? I think not, though....some player looking for his big payday will hire Boras, and the cycle starts over again.

Gary Sheffield made an interesting observation about Boras: basically said that Boras gets his usual agents cut; but if players want to use his financial advisor to secure their earnings, he charges them an extra 15%.....for a whopping total of some 25% of their total earnings!!!!! Maybe these kinds of things have something do with these players Boras backlash? Just something to think about.....

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:29 pm

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

Eat that Boras!

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