Stephen Strasburg Shut Down: Scott Boras Denies Having Input

Scott Boras told ESPN that he had absolutely no input in the Washington Nationals' decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the year. The super agent says that while he had input in his client's plan and future when he was negotiating his contract, all decisions are made solely by the club once that contract is signed.

"Before players are under contract, I have a matter of control,'' Boras told ESPN.com. "I'll ask a team, 'How much is he going to pitch? What's your plan for him?' That type of thing. But once he's under contract, I don't say a word."

Many will find it tough to believe that Boras doesn't have a word in anything, let alone the future of a prized client in a playoff race, but he did make one outstanding point -- Mike Rizzo wouldn't care what he had to say. The Nationals GM isn't exactly the most easy-going of guys.

The Nationals decided to shut down Strasburg and put the long-term health of the pitcher over the short-term gains of having their ace in a playoff race. The Nationals did, not Scott Boras.

For more on the Nationals and the decision to shut down Strasburg, check out Federal Baseball.

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