Trevor Bauer went there.
The Reds thrower / provocator often uses his Twitter account to voice sentiments expressed only under the cloak of anonymity. On Wednesday, the right-hand player touches a nerve the size of a beach ball by uncovering some tension in the player association while trying to negotiate a 2020 restart plan with Major League Baseball.
“Heard a LOT of rumors about agents of certain players who meddled in MLBPA affairs,” Bauer tweeted. “If it’s true – and at this point, it’s just a rumor – I have one thing to say … Scott Boras, your client representative as you like, but keep your personal agenda away from the unity business.”
Wow, son. Suffice it to say that while Bauer doesn’t mind being a wolf, this does not represent an exclusive opinion for him. Not even close.
“Someone has to say it,” said an industry source. “Even better when it’s a player.”
Boras Chat, easily the most famous game agent, exerted undue influence on the guild, more than 50 or more of the players he represented, had been circulating around the game for most of the time Tony Clark as executive director of PA and had intensified since Clark hired Bruce Meyer as chairman of the union negotiators in 2018. During the same time (Clark took over at the end of 2013), the players negotiated the Basic Agreement (in 2016) with which they had grown very unhappy. Which means that, whether the rumor carries validity or not, the rumor is inherently negative.
Neither Boras nor the PA did reply to requests for comment. Second industry sources argue that Bauer’s tweets are “bullshit” distributed by Major League Baseball officials and some agents and that Meyer and Boras did not know each other until Clark crashed into the first. Boras opposed the agreement that the players and owners signed a contract in March to protect both parties from canceling the 2020 season, sources offered as an example.
Ironically, Boras was far more vocal about the pact than his rivals, repeatedly publicly declaring that the agreement ensured that players would receive their diprator salaries if the season could resume, regardless of whether the match was held in front of a paying crowd. . As Joel Sherman from The Post reported last weekHowever, there is strong evidence that certain PA lawyers understand language which includes “the economic feasibility of playing games without an audience or on a neutral substitute site that is appropriate” meaning the owner can ask players to take another haircut for games without fans, as is the case for the season which began in July. On Tuesday, MLB proposed to the players a disgusting sliding scale concept where the highest paid players would give up the most. Unions do not accept suggestions well.
Boras, due to his willingness to talk about the recordings and megadeals he had signed for his client – only last winter, he earned more than $ 1 billion for his free agents, including a record-breaking, nine-year, $ 324 million contract breaking Yankees for ace’s record Gerrit Cole – always wearing a big target on his back. Now the tool looks bigger because of general frustration, both internal and external, with PA. In addition, Boras clients have more power than their raw numbers because these agents represent so many high-income producers and superstars and PA movers and shakers. The union executive subcommittee presents three Boras clients – Rangers Elvis Andrus shortstop, Yankees pitcher James Paxton and Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer – among eight members. There is no other agent that has more than one.
In order for PA to find a meeting point with MLB next week, it must get its own house adequately as well. As Bauer has shown, some work remains on this vital task.