Just forty short years ago baseball its first one million dollar man in Nolan Ryan. Now with superagents like Scott Boras driving salaries upward we will soon have the first 40 million dollar per year contract.
Scott Boras, a Newport Beach-based lawyer/superagent has been at it for years trying to milk every last dime out teams in order to set records for his clients. This is all well and god many say because it is the way the market is going in sports like baseball, basketball, and football. However, it is slowing killing th game of baseball as most teams are struggling to keep up with the Joneses a.k.a. the Yankees, Dodgers, and Red Sox who all seem to have the highest payrolls year-in and year-out.
However, it is the other teams that struggle to compete. If a non-big market team such as the Padres ponies up the dough to get a big name free agent like they did last year when they signed infielder Manny Machado to a 10-year $300 million dollar contract, they are financially strapped for years to make any major moves in the years to come. The Padres are banking on their farm system providing them with the majority of their main players. Luckily for the Padres they have that luxury, but many teams don’t have a top farm system to fall back on.
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There is no way for smaller market teams like the Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, the Padres, Royals, Marlins, or Rays to compete for big-name talent and with the exception of the Royals none of those teams have even sniffed a World Series in the past 10 years and may not be able to again for a long time. The Rays and Twins have shown the ability to do more with less over the past 10 years, but unfortunately have not been in a World Series (other than the Rays in 2008) in nearly 30 years. The Marlins and Padres have made the World Series three times combined and have had fire sales shortly after their World Series runs.
Scott Borass, as I call him, as that is what he is in my opinion a donkey’s hind parts, does not care about the future of the game of baseball. He just cares about the money. This will eventually catch up with the game of baseball. Borass will have made his billions of dollars and it will not matter to him.
If I am the Angels or any other team owners I would try my best to not deal with Borass no matter how good his players may be. I would much rather deal with Borass clients. They sometimes will be the best in baseball at their position, but you will have to deal with Borass in the.negotitation process. If more and more teams take a stand against Borass clients then something will have to give and maybe can get rid of this devil of an agent from the baseball landscape.
Until then players represented by Borass will come with huge price tags and a no-refund policy. Here is hoping the Angels don’t overpay for Cole and instead get a pitcher like Madison Bumgarner or Hyun Jin Ryu or both of them instead and they will be better off in the long run. Let’s see how things pan out this week.