Jered Weaver’s Extension And Scott Boras’s Shaky Year

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When thinking about the Angels contract extension with Jered Weaver, I realized that no one has signed Scott Kazmir.

What’s next for Kazmir? The “Ben Sheets I said I don’t need surgery but will have surgery to make everyone happy after I was looking to sign a guaranteed contract but no one would sign me because of concerns about needing surgery which I didn’t need but will have anyway just because while I actually did need surgery” strategy?

But I digress.

The Weaver announcement was something of a surprise because Weaver was set to enter free agency after 2012 and his agent is Scott Boras. Representation by Boras generally means that there’s not going to be talk of an extension before the player goes into the market.

Obviously Weaver wanted to stay with the Angels and told Boras to make it happen; the contract is said to be for 5-years and $85 million; the details are still coming out.

Speculation will be that Boras doesn’t have the Svengali hold on Weaver that he has on other clients. Whether or not that’s true is irrelevant. What I find interesting is how, after the deranged contract Boras got for Jayson Werth, the agent’s had a bit of a shaky year. He did manage to get Francisco Rodriguez as a client, but he was outfoxed by Mets GM Sandy Alderson when Alderson traded K-Rod to the Brewers before Boras could submit the list of teams to whom K-Rod could not be traded; K-Rod’s 2012 contract kicker was eliminated for an extra $500,000 guaranteed so he could be a free agent at the end of the year. It doesn’t really matter. With the Brewers K-Rod has been used as a set-up man and wasn’t going to approach his appearance clause with or without that incentive.

Boras was rebuffed in his attempts to lure Jose Reyes away from his current agents, the Greenbergs; and now there’s the Weaver extension that Boras undoubtedly advised against. Weaver—at age 30—could’ve gotten $140-160 million on the open market after next season.

But he wanted to stay in Anaheim and that’s what he’s doing.

It’s interesting that players are increasingly shunning the pursuit of every last cent on the open market to be in a preferable location. The MLB Players Association applies pressure to their members to take the highest bids for a trickle down effect so everyone makes more money, but if Weaver is taking less money; if Joe Mauer is taking less money, the tide is turning toward the players ignoring edicts and doing what’s right for themselves.

This bodes well for the Cardinals to keep Albert Pujols which, all along, I thought was going to happen regardless of ancillary factors. Whether it’s going to mean lesser players getting a bigger or smaller paycheck in the long run remains to be seen, but assigning monetary value based on statistics is being used with greater frequency, therefore it was inevitable that teams and players would grow more pragmatic.

Pragmatism is the last thing a superagent like Boras wants.

But here we are.


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