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Alex Rodriguez is out, Scott Boras is the Antichrist

By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007
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There are a lot of big egos in professional sports. Athletes have huge egos, owners too. But sometimes I think agents have the biggest of all.

They come no bigger than that of Scott Boras. Boras announced during Game 4 of the world Series that his client, Alex Rodriguez, was opting out of his contract with the New York Yankees and would be a free agent this offseason.

Rodriguez had until ten days after the completion of the World Series to make the decision, but Boras couldn't let other teams and players have the spotlight for long, so he made the announcement in what became the deciding game of the 2007 World Series.

What does this mean for the Yankees? Brian Cashman, GM of the Yankees has said all along that the team will not attempt to resign Rodriguez if he opts out, presumably because they lose the $21 million still owed by the Texas Rangers on the current contract. My gut feeling is Rodriguez is just the first of many about to jump ship.

Rodriguez claims that he made the decision because of the uncertainty surrounding the team. He didn't know if Posada, Rivera or Pattitte would be back or who the new manager would be. Because of that uncertainty, he didn't want to stick around to see what would happen.

The new big question is: where will he go? My money is on Anaheim. The list of teams who can afford even close to Boras' $30 million asking price is very short. Both New York teams could be in the hunt, but I think Rodriguez has realized the hard way that the Big Apple doesn't suit him. The Dodgers and the Angels both have the money and he would thrive with the laid back atmosphere in LA. The Angels would likely be the better fit.

Regardless, whoever ends up with his services will likely be a part of history. There are very few players as good as Rodriguez, who is the frontrunner to win the AL MVP again this year. He's on pace to shatter the career home run record and he's also one of five players to lead the league in home runs, RBIs and runs in the same season.

So, owners, open up your wallets. Scott Boras is coming and hell's coming with him.

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