Just more than two years ago, agent Scott Boras secured $180 million for baseball player Mark Teixeira.
Just now, baseball player Mark Teixeira fired agent Scott Boras.
There is both less to this than meets the eye, and more ...
First, there seems to be very little practical impact here, because Teixeira will keep getting his $22.5 million per season and Boras will keep getting his 7 percent (or whatever). From Marc Carig (via the Star-Ledger):
"Now that the contract is over with, I don't want to be 'Scott Boras client,'" he said. "I want to be Mark Teixeira, baseball player, helping this team win championships."
Teixeira has contemplated a switch for more than a year, even hiring another agency to handle his off-field charitable efforts. Though their business association has ended, Teixeira said Boras will continue to collect his percentage of the first baseman's salary.
"Scott did a great job getting me my contract," Teixeira said. "I wanted to be in New York from the beginning, and everything that I've asked for has come through so far. And from here on out, there's no reason to worry about the contract. It's all about winning championships and helping out the community."
Look, I don't know exactly what's going on here and eventually we might. But this seems sort of brilliant, doesn't it? Hire Boras to secure the $180 million -- or in Alex Rodriguez's case, the $252 million -- then "fire" him shortly afterward because there is a stigma that comes with being attached to Boras.
I don't want to be "Scott Boras client" ...
That says it all, doesn't it?
The funny thing is, I wouldn't be surprised if Boras and Teixeira still get along famously. And please pardon me if I'm not shocked when, in about five years from now, they're still getting along so famously that Teixeira rehires Boras for one more deal.