Mark Teixeira Drops Scott Boras

Mark Teixeira dropped agent Scott Boras, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. The first baseman, who is under contract through 2016, says he wants to focus on helping the Yankees win, not signing his next mega-deal.

Teixeira says his relationship with Boras has run its course, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com (on Twitter). Their relationship began over a decade ago when Boras advised Teixeira as a highly-touted high schooler. The Rangers drafted Teixeira fifth overall in 2001 and signed him to a $9.5MM deal out of college. After Teixeira hit free agency following the 2008 season, Boras negotiated his current eight-year, $180MM contract.

Boras' stable of Yankees clients has changed considerably since the end of last season. Like Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez said his relationship with Boras had run its course. Rafael Soriano and Robinson Cano, however, left other agents for Boras.

Though the Jonas Group will help Teixeira manage his off-field activities, he says he hopes to remain on good terms with Boras, his advisor for 12 years. Boras told Jon Heyman of SI.com that it was a "great honor" to work with Teixeira (Twitter link).

Our complete list of Scott Boras clients can be found here.


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70 Comments on "Mark Teixeira Drops Scott Boras"


BravesRed
4 years 5 months ago

Would Boras still get a percentage of Teixeira’s contract, or will his new agent get that percentage now?

andrewyf
4 years 5 months ago

Of course not. Boras got him the contract, his new agent will just get paid whatever salary he’d usually get. Not exactly sure how it works, I imagine they get paid on commission from their parent companies, although what commission a new agent would get who does not negotiate a contract for the player is beyond me.

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

His new agent could get commission for any paid off the field work, i.e. commercials, public speeches, appearances, etc. I don’t know if Teixeira does any of that, but if I’m his new agent I’d try to talk him into it. Cash rules everything around me!

EDIT: Put him in more Taco Bell commercials with Mo and Girardi.

4 years 5 months ago

Ha i’d rather pay them to never do anything that painful ever agian

4 years 5 months ago

or be cover boy for the show! wait mauer has that locked up……

4 years 5 months ago

Jeter was on all those MLB2K games oh and all those pathetic Ford spots, at least The Show is a good game. Girardi and Jeter are a really painful actors they should never have done that…

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

Remember when Jeter hosted SNL and it featured a skit for “Derek Jeter’s Taco Hole”? He should make that a real restaurant, if it isn’t already. A Google search will yield videos of this, Hulu and Youtube included.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

But he’s got an Edge!

nepp
4 years 5 months ago

test

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

fail?

4 years 5 months ago

I work at a talent agency, and I assume it’s much the same thing. Boras still gets his commission from Teixeira’s Yankees deal and anything he negotiated prior to being released (most contracts also give him rights to anything he was negotiating when he was released, as well).

The new agent basically starts at zero, at least in commercials, film, television (the world I’m in). I can only assume that’s also true for sports agents. There is no “salary,” per se, but he can negotiate endorsement deals, work on the next contract, and pick up commissions on print ads, perhaps merchandise, and the like in the meantime.

Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

I would assume Boras would get whatever percentage he gets off the total contract value since he worked the deal. If so Boras is probably very pleased with this… he gets the money and doesn’t have to pretend to still care about what is going on with Tex.

Edit: Don’t know why that didn’t post as a reply to BravesRed^

bleachercreature
4 years 5 months ago

does this hurt or help Scott Boras’ attempts at comparing Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira?

Karkat
4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t say it changes it much. Even though Teixeira is no longer his client, it’s still a deal Boras negotiated, so it’s a case in his “portfolio,” of sorts.

Jessamynn
4 years 5 months ago

Right. The Texeira deal is still an example of a major deal, something Boras would consider a “success”; it’s certainly a resume highlight.

Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

I wonder what it is that Boras does to piss off these guys after getting them a huge contract. I’m pretty sure he gets paid either way.

nictonjr
4 years 5 months ago

Once he gets them the huge deal players want to distance themselves from him. Make it look like all they care about is the team…

jb226
4 years 5 months ago

Yep. Did you ever notice how the players dumping Boras are the ones who already got their mega-deals that still run for years and years, and the people picking him up are the ones near free agency or some other event (draft, etc) that could net them huge dollars?

Nobody is punishing Scott Boras. They’re making a publicity play after they got their big bucks. It’s actually somewhat on the despicable side in my opinion.

4 years 5 months ago

Couldn’t it be the other way around? Boras sets up the mega deals, gets the big payday, then jerks the players around until they go elsewhere? Let the other agents bother with the nickle and dime taco bell commercials. Maybe he’s focusing on big ticket negotiations.

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

I’ve never liked Teixeira, but I respect him a little more now. I don’t think Boras cares though, he’ll still get his cut of the contract. Some new pompous agent will get a crack at a monster deal after 2016, but that’s a loooong ways away.

phoenix2042
4 years 5 months ago

in 2016, he will be 36 years old. i doubt he gets a mega-deal.

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

Sick to know that Arod will still be making 30/year at that time.

JB3
4 years 5 months ago

Unless you look at his actual contract details. Because then you would see that ARod will only make $20M in salary in 2016.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

It’s amazing how many people STILL do not know this fact.

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

I did know but I had no interest in looking up the actual detail. I think the point was clear that he’s getting way overpaid even during 2016.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Why let “facts” get in the way of a good story, huh

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

Can you read between the lines? The “story” or point I was making was that his contract is ridiculous even through 2016.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Uh huh, and my point was that people should really do some research before sputtering BS so they don’t look ignorant in the end. Now that we fully understand each others’ points, let’s move on, shall we?

Will A-Rod be overpaid in the latter years of his contract? Yes, he will. However, 20m is a lot easier to stomach than 30m – 10m is a huge discrepancy.

But let me ask you this… which superstar athlete is NOT overpaid during the last few years of a lengthy deal? Can you honestly sit here and say that Pujols will not be overpaid his last year of whatever contract he signs? It’s the way the market works. You HAVE to overpay for the latter years of a contract to guarantee you get the player during his prime years. And I haven’t even brought up inflation, market value, marketing, production, etc. But you don’t care about such facts… right?

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

I’m pretty sure the Yankees didn’t have to outbid themselves to the extent they did with Arod. It was just ridiculous which is where my comment stemmed from.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Oh I totally disagree! Do you remember 2007 at all? The BoSox had just won the WS, not to mention had a better record than us in the regular season. Alex had a monster year, I think he led HR, RBI, and Runs that year, and won the MVP. If the Yankees don’t re-sign A-Rod, what’s their option at 3rd base? Mike Lowell?!

At the end of the day, A-Rod signed a deal that paid him, on average 2.5m more per year than the contract he opted out of. You’re telling me that he wasn’t worth an extra 2.5m more? Keep in mind, this is before the hip surgery, before the PED admission…

The Yankees HAD TO make this deal. There simply was no other viable option.

Let me guess, three to four years from now, you’ll say that the Yankees outbid themselves with Sabathia if/when he opts out and they re-sign him, right?

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

I remember 2007 and I remember the monster year he had. I know the Yankees had to resign him but there is no way you can convince me that they needed to go as far as they did with the contract. No amount of convincing will change my mind on that.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

I’m not trying to change your mind. I feel you’re mixing the ideal with reality. Ideally, yes, every team would like to protect itself by giving out smaller length contracts. But the reality is that there are player unions, agents, precedents involved which don’t allow for them to do so.

So while I agree with you in that the length is too long, I am also able to separate the ideal from reality: There was no way A-Rod or his agent would sign for anything less than that. I remember the target was 300m/10y. And if the Yankees did not re-sign him, the fans would let it be known. Just imagine if we had signed Lowell instead, and had to look back in regret for the next ten years of watching A-Rod in another uniform.

But to each their own… I suppose.

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

“Only” huh…

JB3
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, I thought that right after I posted it. Still though, it’s only 67% of what you claimed it was, and that’s my point.

$7562574
4 years 5 months ago

he will break his legs before 2016.

0vercast
4 years 5 months ago

I agree. With the cost of talent skyrocketing, I wouldn’t be surprised come 2016 to see Teixeira get a 4/80 deal after his current one is up.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
4 years 5 months ago

As far as Boras is concerned this does not really matter at all. He still has lots of players leaving other agents to sign him, and why not? As much as I hate to say it if I am a top notch free agent looking to get as much as possible I’d hire Boras in a heartbeat. We may hate him but he is damn good at what he does.

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

There is a downside though. The Twins offered Jarrod Washburn something like 1-year, $4 million last off-season. He turned it down to hold out for more on Boras’ advice. The Twins never offered again, and used the money on Hudson and Thome instead, and Washburn hasn’t played baseball since. There is definitely such a thing as being too greedy.

Purple_Hazed
4 years 5 months ago

So apparently another agent will help him concentrate on his team winning whereas Boras interferes with the winning process. Hmmm.

nictonjr
4 years 5 months ago

Does he really need a baseball agent?? He probably has a business manager for his off the field stuff. I’m not sure what agents do besides negotiate the players contract…

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Gets you into movies… I guess? I don’t know, myself.

4 years 5 months ago

Boras isn’t afraid to make large announcements about deals during the World Series. Not saying Tex is afraid of this, but the argument against Boras is validated a little bit by that kind of unprofessional behavior.

NatsTown
4 years 5 months ago

i really wonder what the story behind this is. Cuz really, whats the point of switching agents when you already have your last big contract

jhawk90
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe Borass keeps sending his pre-mega-deal clients to talk with his signed-a-mega-deal clients to talk about what a wonderful job he did. The man’s a tick to someone he’s already signed for years, what’s the point of having to continually stroke his ego when he’s basically done?

brewersnrays
4 years 5 months ago

Love him or hate him, Scott Boras makes one heck of a mojito.

jhawk90
4 years 5 months ago

I’m sorely disappointed that this headline didn’t include “off a cliff”, “down a flight of stairs” or “into a dumpster”.

4 years 5 months ago

Boras is obviously great at what he does and that is getting his players top contracts, with that being said whether its him just being a mean guy(censored) or perhaps not giving enough individual attention to players because he reps so many, people are ditching him after they get the big deal.

I dont think Boras cares to be honest because he is still getting commission from the deals and tex will never sign anything close to that again.

johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

Boras honest? Has anyone ever paid any attention to the rubbish he spews about his over the cliff (finished) players he hypes at every winter meeting trying to get them contracts? He at the LEAST conveniently leaves out that most of what his players have done was years in the past for his fringe ones (Varitek, Millwood) other than his top tier ones.

4 years 5 months ago

Lol the cares to be honest was me saying I dont think he cares, figure of speech meaning I am being honest. Kind of misleading after I reread it.

Jessamynn
4 years 5 months ago

Boras most likely has a “team” of associates and representatives to help him handle the day-to-day demands of his clients.

Regardless, I think players eventually leave him because all of his advice must be made with a future deal in mind for the player…posturing, if you will. This attention to detail and preparation is part of what makes him so effective, but has to be exhausting for a player who may not want to live through every day as a potential negotiation chip.

4 years 5 months ago

No, I think Scott Boras is going to go home tonight and cry himself to sleep on his pillow. His solid-gold, hand-crafted, bejeweled pillow.

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

Whew…now Teixeira will be able to at least hit the broadside of a barn during the first two months of the season because last season in April + May, you could throw a yoga ball at him and feel the breeze of his whiffs.

Gjf29
4 years 5 months ago

I honestly would not be surprised if some of these players have this arrangement made with Boras where they get their contract, and then to make them look like “good guys with morals besides money” they fire him. I am sure Boras doesn’t mind. He gets like 7% of the contract I’m pretty sure.

4 years 5 months ago

Alternate Headline: “Player who is unlikely to ever sign another big money contract cuts ties with big money contract negotiator.”

gocrazy
4 years 5 months ago

Serious question, does an agent do anything for a player under a huge contract like this?
Is this basically just Tex saying he won’t use Boras when his contract eventually ends?

Jessamynn
4 years 5 months ago

Well, agents still handle current and potential endorsements, Union/League mandatory licensing deals (such as having their likeness appear in video games or baseball cards, etc)

Someone has to handle that stuff, even if it’s a formality.

RepOak
4 years 5 months ago

Wow that came outa nowhere. Im not a teixeira fan but I give him credit for letting go of boras. And by the way Teixeira should’ve never got a gold glove last season. That belonged to Daric Barton. I’m sure all of you agree on that…

baseball33
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t agree with that. Why because fangraphs say so. I guess Ike Davis should have won the gold glove in the NL huh?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Tex is the best defensive 1b in all of baseball and he certainly was amazing last year

NathanielS
4 years 5 months ago

Arte Moreno chuckled quietly to himself. Boras consoles himself by brushing his teeth with a solid gold toothbrush.

bjsguess
4 years 5 months ago

Non story.

Boras and Teixeira both got theirs. I’m sure Boras would rather focus on players who are coming up on their next mega deal – not guys who are set for 6 more years. Both used each other to get what they want and now that arrangement is over.

Boras is the best in the business at one thing – extracting the most money possible from a club. If you want an agent to do anything else then you should look elsewhere.

bomberj11
4 years 5 months ago

A nice slap in the face for Boras, eh?

DunkinDonuts
4 years 5 months ago

To paraphrase an old expression, this is definitely a case of a horse looking his gift-giver in the mouth.

leberquesgue
4 years 5 months ago

It’s not surprising that those who think an agent’s sole job is to negotiate a player’s contract think so poorly of Boras. Since several people have asked what an agent does, I’ll comment here rather than in response to anyone specific. There was a nice and surprisingly sympathetic New Yorker article on Boras a couple of years ago; it talked about the off-the-field work an agent does for his clients, including moral support (would you like to keep Manny on track in the off-season?). Remember Boras’s client list includes such less famous players as Alex Cora, Stephen Drew, and Jason Varitek as well as the big tickets, and many of them show consistent loyalty to him that can’t be all about the money.