AcidRock23 wrote:Dawgpound 1613 wrote:AcidRock23 wrote:I'm pretty sure that an agent CAN prohibit you from negotiating on your own behalf.
You're right, but Boras isn't an agent. That's the key.
EDIT: He is an "agent" after a player signs a contract. Until then he is an advisor. If the player signs with him before signing, they forfeit their college eligibility (ala NBA wannabes who "test the draft" but don't sign with an agent allowing them to return). To give up college eligibility gives up one of their biggest bargaining chips.
Thanks for the clarification. The whole thing just reeks of shadiness to me. I guess it wasn't an issue for me, but if I were a high school pitcher and someone waved a decent chunk of change in front of me, I would have to think that the smart play would be to take the money and pitch and take the benefit of some coaching, experience, etc. to see if you had the chops to make it. JuCo seems like a very good alternative as well. Turning down 4 million bucks does not seem smart and it seems to me as if you'd only consider doing that if you were listening to someone like Scott Boras.
I would tend to think that the smart play is to take the money and secure yourself for life. Trying to hold out for a million more is something you do when you are set and established at the pro level. Anyone with some common sense knows that most minor leaguers never even sniff the Majors. Take the money. But of course, common sense is not so common.
And hiring Boras is something you do when you are looking to make the biggest killing. So why a kid would do so is beyond me...just bad advice all-round imo.