By: Paul DiSclafani
I understand super agent Scott Boras can make a lot of money for his clients. I don’t begrudge any athlete for trying to make as much money as they can before their short, money earning years are behind them.
What I don’t understand is why an athlete would allow his agent to make him look like a greedy, selfish, me-first player? And that is what Matt Harvey looks like today.
Boras told CBSSports.com that he thinks the Mets will be risking Harvey’s surgically repaired right elbow if they let him go over the 180 innings limit that was discussed earlier in the spring. Boras is insisting that the Mets shutdown Harvey for the rest of the season when he hits 180 – 13.2 innings from now.
Is he insane?
And where is Matt Harvey on all this? Harvey has insisted all year that he is willing to acquiesce to a regular season innings limit, but he is going to be available should the Mets make the post season.
How do you let your agent make a demand like that? This man is representing you and making you look like a fool.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson is having none of Boras’ nonsense. He was livid when CBSSports.com asked him to comment on what Boras told them was in the e-mail sent Boras sent Alderson in late August, detailing his request for a strict innings limit.
“For a guy to say to us on the 29th of August ‘180 innings and then you’re going to shut him down …’, Alderson said, “Don’t call me seven months later and tell me you’re pulling the rug out from under me, not after all we have done to protect the player.”
Alderson has been fighting with Boras ever since receiving the e-mail, but it came to light today when Boras revealed it to the media. But Alders on is done with Boras on this issue.
Although Boras admitted that he had discussed a “soft” innings limit with Alderson earlier in the year, he insisted that his doctors advised him differently after seeing Harvey throw about 140 innings and reevaluated the limit of 180 to be a “hard” stop.
“These are doctors’ opinions,” said Boras, “and club officials are not determining how many innings he can pitch. Matt Harvey would love to pitch. But the surgeon who saved his career and other surgeons consulted have said for maximum safety he is not to exceed 180 innings for the year.”
Alderson feels that this might be in reference to the Miami Marlin’s pitcher Jose Fernandez, also a Boras client, who recently had a biceps issue after returning from Tommy John surgery.
Boras made the same claim with another of his famous, star clients, the National’s Stephen Strasburg, insisting that then General Manager Mike Rizzo shut him down in September of 2012 when he was returning from Tommy John surgery. The Nats insisted that year they had a hard cap for Strasburg and when he hit it, they shut him down. He didn’t pitch in the playoffs and the nationals failed to advance.
“This is not a club’s decision, this is a doctor’s decision,” said Boras. “Any club that chooses to defy a surgeon’s wishes is putting the player in peril.”
There is a reason teams shy away from Boras represented clients and it’s not always about the money. These are the things that management has to weigh when making a long-term decision regarding resigning a Boras client or making a pitch to one of his free agent clients. Do I want all the baggage that comes with it?
Boras only represents the top clients. But he and his clients have only one common interest – money. It doesn’t matter that you leave a great team to go to another, it is who is going to pay you the most money. And if that means destroying the salary structure of that team, or you having to leave a team that you love (and loves you), so be it.
The Mets have long known that 2018, when Harvey becomes a free-agent, is going to be a tough negotiating year. Boras is going to come hard and sell Harvey to the highest bidder. Again, there is nothing wrong with that. Harvey is a great talent and a grown man and he can do whatever he wants.
We, the fans, just will never understand it …