Scott Boras: Still not impressed with your austerity

Via Jon Paul Morosi, Scott Boras was asked about the Yankees’ plans to get their payroll plans in line with the luxury tax threshold in 2014 and, as you might expect, he doesn’t very much support the plan:

For obvious reasons, Boras would rather the Yankees not follow through on plans to bring their payroll beneath the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. They have paid at the top luxury tax rate of 40 percent for a number of years. Boras calls this the “goliath tax” and believes the Yankees should be willing to pay such a “nominal” fee for generating three times the revenue as other teams.

“That is a reward,” he said. “Are you going to put your brand at risk, when your brand is having more superstars than anyone else? Superstars are good for business. Superstars make money for franchises and their television networks.”

There’s some truth here, and there’s also a lot of sales pitch, but that really doesn’t matter. Ultimately Boras’ job is representing the interests of his clients, and with clients who choose to be represented by Scott Boras that interest is generally getting as much money as they can. What is potentially important for the Yankees, given that Boras represents Robinson Cano, is some of the other language Boras uses, such as noting that every team is going to get extra revenue in the near future thanks to MLB’s new television agreements. You can rest assured that Boras’ advice to Cano is pretty straight forward: baseball teams are flush with money these days, the Yankees moreso than anyone, and you should expect more of that money to come to you, the player, as a result. And you can bet that Boras and Cano, who made the decision to switch to Boras in advance of becoming a free agent, aren’t at all concerned with helping the Steinbrenners save some money from revenue sharing and the luxury tax.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

5 thoughts on “Scott Boras: Still not impressed with your austerity

  1. Whenever Boras and the Yankees get down to the job at hand it will be interesting to see who blinks first. As the saying goes we will see "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" Will one blink, that's the $64,000 question.

    • The "unstoppable force" being the Yankees absolute desire to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold. The "immovable object" being Boras not to give any ground in contract negotiations.

    • I don't see Cano blinking. He hired Boras to get top dollar, and he's got all of the cards once he hits the market.

  2. Food for thought, related to Cano/Boras/luxury tax: what about a deal built around Cano for Yadier Molina? We could slide Jeter to 2nd and put Nunez at short. Then, once Tex contract expires and Romine is ready, slide Arod/Molina to 1st. Thoughts?

  3. Why should Cano donate tens of millions of dollars to the Steinbrenners? It's not as if they can't afford Cano, they'd just rather keep the money for themselves.