I would not necessarily call this major news; however, this week, Oriole left Wei-Yin switched agents.
He has hired Scott Boras. You all know who he is.
From the Baltimore Sports Report: Wei-Yin Chen has hired super agent Scott Boras to represent him according to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The O’s lefty signed a three year, $11.388 million deal with Baltimore prior to the 2012 season and has impressed in his first 38 big league starts.
MLB Trade Rumors and Orioles Hangout have more of the news.
A co-worker with the company I work for stopped me in the hallway and mentioned this to me.
Then he went into a diatribe on how Scott Boras is the worst things that happened to baseball, and on and on.
I say ‘whatever’.
Right now, Chen going to Scott Boras isn’t a big deal. He’s with the team until 2014, and has an option for 2015. It’s not like his deal is up after the season.
As for Boras, I have nothing against him as a fan – or blogger. He’s good at his job, seems to have a lot of players under his stable and does well for his clients.
Hell, professional – and even collegiate sports – is a big business.
Put it this way: If a headhunter got you a job at company A for $75,000 or company B at $110,000 per year, plus perks, health insurance, retirement and more --- which one would you choose?
Baseball players think the same way we do. Most of the time.
The sport of baseball – especially Major League Baseball and its 30 teams – is a huge money maker.
Well, considering the value of teams really don’t depreciate (unless you are the Miami Marlins), plus with the proliferation of regional television networks and additional revenue streams in the sport – why should players not get their share?
The sport of baseball is not egalitarian – it’s a business. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and as a lefty who has been able to stay healthy so far in his short career, Chen is setting himself up for a lucrative future.
Chen may flame out, or be in the league 15 years; therefore, he should get what can when the time for a new contract comes up.
If the Orioles want to keep Chen in a few years, they’ll find a way to make it happen.
If it doesn’t happen, it is what it is.