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"He feels like he's [entitled] to the contract that I did myself, like he assisted me, even though he didn't have anything to do with it."

--Gary Sheffield, Yankees outfielder, on agent Scott Boras (ESPN.com)

 

"If he didn't do it, why should he get a percentage? He didn't play any part of me getting traded, he didn't play any part in me getting my option year taken off, and he definitely didn't play any part in me sitting down with George and doing this deal."

--Sheffield

 

"Can you explain why [Miguel] Tejada gets six years, [Vladimir] Guerrero gets five years and I get three? He cost me two years of a contract because he was trying to tarnish my name."

--Sheffield

 

"The whole year in Atlanta, I had to get the players' association to stop him from writing me threatening letters saying, 'Either you let me do your contract or I'll be forced to sue you.' That's a threat and harassment...A lot of organizations didn't want to talk to him or deal with him. I wasn't going to let him cost me a contract like he did [Greg] Maddux and all those guys in college. I wasn't going to let him dictate my future."

--Sheffield

 

"He wants me to pay his lawyer fees. He didn't get enough money (from his contract) for Alex Rodriguez?"

--Sheffield

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"The whole year in Atlanta, I had to get the players' association to stop him from writing me threatening letters saying, 'Either you let me do your contract or I'll be forced to sue you.' That's a threat and harassment...A lot of organizations didn't want to talk to him or deal with him. I wasn't going to let him cost me a contract like he did [Greg] Maddux and all those guys in college. I wasn't going to let him dictate my future."

--Sheffield

 

WOW!

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Hw wonders why he only got three years and the others got more? They are better and Sheff is older.

 

BTW, Boras Blows.

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Shef may be older than Tejada or Guerrero, but he's better than either

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Err.....

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Hw wonders why he only got three years and the others got more? They are better and Sheff is older.

 

BTW, Boras Blows.

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Shef may be older than Tejada or Guerrero, but he's better than either

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Sheff is not better then Vlad Guerrero sorry.

 

Vlad runs, Sheff doesnt

Vlad has a rifle (best arm in RF)

Vlad hits any pitch

Vlad doesnt K as much as Sheff

In other words Vlad is a 5 tool player and Sheff isnt.

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Boras isn't just pissing off players, a lot of GM's refuse to deal with him. Several teams ranked the players in this draft 1-100 and then crossed off every player represented by Boras. Ouch. And this "super agent" still has yet to post success in arbitration, he's only won one case.

 

Also, I read an interesting article on Boras a few months ago:

 

Boras starting to bore us

 

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

 

It's Super Bowl Sunday, Greg Maddux, do you know where you're playing yet? And how about you, Travis Lee and Ron Villone? Wouldn't you agree that, as Yogi once said, it's gotten late early here? And as for you, Pudge Rodriguez, aren't you wondering how, after a renaissance season with a world champion team in your home town, you somehow wound up signing a conditional contract with Detroit?

For all intents and purposes, the winter baseball market is just about closed out. We are down to the dregs now - the Shane Spencers, Jose Mesas, Tyler Houstons, et al - signing non-guaranteed minor league contracts. The two pre-eminent unsigned free agents are Maddux and Rodriguez, while Lee, a .275 deft-fielding first baseman, and Villone, a serviceable lefthanded pitcher, are probably the best of the remaining crop. Not coincidentally, all four happen to be represented by Scott (Avenging Agent) Boras.

 

Eventually, all four will find jobs, but one thing is certain - none will be with teams of their choice. Maddux, the 37-year-old four-time Cy Young winner, has already priced himself out of his three top teams of choice - Atlanta, Arizona and San Diego - and, on Boras' orders, is sitting on a two-year offer in the $14 million range from his original team, the Cubs. Maddux has said if he'd had his druthers, he would have never left Atlanta but that the Braves never made him an offer. That was because Boras let the Braves know from the get-go the price to keep Maddux was going to be for far too many dollars and years than they were willing to consider, and they weren't about to get burned again by offering him arbitration.

 

Similarly, the 32-year-old Rodriguez, who lives in Miami, wanted to stay with the world champion Florida Marlins where he'd resurrected his career last year. But, alas, they insulted him by offering him a three-year, $24 million contract that represented a pay cut from the $10 million he earned in '03. So he severed relations with them and then proceeded to price himself out of his next two choices, the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. With all his options dried up, I-Rod was left to deal with the desperate Detroit Tigers who are admittedly over-paying to get free agents to come to a 119-loss team this winter. But while the Tigers were willing to meet Boras' $10 million-per-year asking price, they weren't quite so desperate as they seemed, tossing in one significant condition that essentially made their four-year, $40 million offer guaranteed for only two years. By including an "out clause" that allows them to void the contract after the 2005 season if Rodriguez goes on the disabled list for a lumbar spine injury for 35 days or more in either '04 or '05, they covered themselves in case he suffers the injury that sidelined him for five weeks in 2002. None of the offers Rodriguez turned down had such a clause.

 

This "voidable contract" is unprecedented in baseball and, in the words of one baseball person, goes to the very integrity of the game. "Is Pudge going to take a hit at the plate if might void his contract," the person asked. But with Boras it's always been only about the money, and he vowed to I-Rod he'd get him that $10 million per. Just like he vowed to Alex Rodriguez he'd get him $20 mil per. Who cares if his clients are doomed to playing out their careers with hopeless last-place teams? How long do you think it's going to take I-Rod (after hitting in spacious Comerica Park on an everyday basis) to follow A-Rod's lead in begging to be traded? What's amazing is that these guys never ask themselves: "Will my lifestyle be altered on $8 million per year instead of $10 million?" Instead of promising to get them the biggest contracts, Boras ought to be asking them where they want to play and then try to make that happen rather than scaring off teams like the Mets (for A-Rod), the Braves (for Maddux) and the Marlins (for I-Rod) with his bluster.

 

Meanwhile, for all his self-acclaimed negotiating brilliance, Boras has about the worst record of any agent in the game over the past couple of years. Earlier this winter, he turned down a reported three-year, $35 million offer from the Phillies for Kevin Millwood, claiming he had "numerous five-year offers." Then, a month later, confirming that was all bull, he accepted arbitration from the Phillies. I would love to know how he was able to convince Millwood that a non-guaranteed $12 million (through arbitration) is really better than a guaranteed $35 million. It was the same thing - just on a lesser scale - with Kenny Rogers last year.

 

Rogers made it known he wanted to stay in Texas, but Boras turned down the Rangers' two-year, $11 million offer, claiming he had other four-year, $40 million offers. They, of course, never materialized and when Texas didn't offer Rogers arbitration, the best he could get was one-year, $2 million from Minnesota. This winter, he re-signed with the Rangers for two years, $6 million, but he's still $3 million short of their original offer.

 

You have to wonder, too, if Rey Sanchez has bothered to do the math on all the money Boras has cost him. In 2001, the Royals offered Sanchez a two-year, $7.5 million deal and when Boras turned it down, they traded him to the Braves. That winter, the best Boras could get him was a one-year, $700,000 deal plus $150,000 in incentives with the Red Sox. In 2003, Sanchez signed for one-year, $1.3 million plus $100,000 in incentives from the Mets, and, finally, this winter he signed a $1.4 million, one-year deal with Tampa Bay. All told, that's $3.25 million over three years, or an approximate $4.3 million shortfall from the offer Boras turned down from Kansas City.

 

Oh yes, one more thing: Over the last five years Boras has lost nine out of 10 arbitration cases, including Charles Johnson twice. Some avenging.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/v-pfrien...1p-140504c.html

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