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.