Scott Boras is one of the most polarizing agents in the sports world, but he really crossed the line this time.
We're not sure how we got here, either, but this latest bit of decision-making on behalf of a teenager borders on the absurd.
Yes, it would appear the man is guilty of some strange behavior, convincing his client Carter Stewart, the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 MLB draft, to sign in Japan a year later instead of reentering the draft, ultimately forgoing a large chunk of his expected earnings.
Stewart's agent, Scott Boras, had tried to use the threat of going to Japan as leverage for former No. 1 overall picks Brien Taylor (@Yankees, 1991) and Stephen Strasburg (@Nationals, 2009). https://t.co/Qc9BN42pm1— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) May 21, 2019
Boras has floated the idea for almost three decades, twice with first overall picks. As the agent of 1991 first overall pick Brien Taylor and 2009 top choice Stephen Strasburg, he used the threat of overseas baseball to squeeze more money out of teams.
The fact that he actually followed through this time, though, and landed Stewart a deal with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks is just ridiculous.
Adding insult to injury, it's a $4 million deal, and the recommended slot bonus for the eighth overall selection last year was...$4.8 million. So all that negotiating and a year of community college netted Stewart a trip overseas and a loss of $800,000. Hardball works!
Boras may have just robbed this bright young talent of a stable MLB career.
If Boras truly cared for the well-being of his clients rather than his own commission, Stewart and the Braves would have set aside their differences and hammered out a deal back in 2018. Instead, the fractured relationship between the two parties has led to this fiasco.
Stewart is now in uncharted waters for a pick of his caliber, and Boras should be ashamed of himself for putting him in such a situation. Ranked 59th on the MLB Draft big board this year, Stewart had already lost a good portion of his perceived value.
One year later, everything Boras' camp attempted to sell the Braves has left his client's well-being lost in translation.