A couple of days ago, free agent infielder Felipe Lopez fired his agent, Scott Boras, apparently frustrated at his agent for not signing with any teams yet after he had a season in which he hit .310 with 9 homers, 57 RBIs, 88 runs, and a .383 on-base percentage for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. He than joined up with the Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Over the years, I know Scott Boras has been one of the most annoying guy in baseball. He gets lots of players huge contracts, getting some players more money than they deserve. He makes teams that drafted his clients a living hell, take Stephen Strasburg for example, he almost didn't sign with the Washington Nationals after the Nationals picked him with the first pick of the draft. They ended up signing him at the deadline. Strasburg ended up signing for a four year, $15.1M dollar deal, yet he had never thrown a professional pitch. What happens if he gets injured? You just payed someone who has never proved anything outside of college baseball 15.1 million dollars. Same thing goes for the NFL, to all the rookies that come into the league thinking they deserve more money than a guy like Lance Briggs, who has proven more than many of them ever will.
In the seasons that I have become a Cubs fan and a baseball fan, I haven't read anything that involved Scott Boras and the Chicago Cubs in the same sentence. So I know that the Cubs signed Zambrano and Soriano some other players for big money but I don't think, and I also don't know, that if any of their agents is named Scott Boras. I know that the Cubs haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 1993 with Grace Allen and they might go to another one with Ryan Theriot, so is negotiating contracts a problem with the Cubs? Do fingers point to the agents when a player and a team can't agree on a contract and have to suffer the consequence by going to arbitration for that. If so, than who is Ryan Theriot's agent? Is it Scott Boras, and is anyone on the Cubs that whose agents is Scott Boras?
I started to wonder about what an agent really meant to the players after Lopez fired Boras. Like, how involved are they in their clients' careers, and how an agent can affect a player and the relationship of the team. Do players ever have a voice when they negotiate contracts, or is it the agents that do all the work? Tell me what you know, cause I really don't know that much about the business world in baseball.