Feb
11

Swisher set to hire Scott Boras Dan Lozano

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Via Joel Sherman, Nick Swisher is set to replace long-time agent Joe Bick with Scott Boras. Robbie Cano did the same thing just a week ago. Swisher can become a free agent next winter after earning $9M during the upcoming season, but the Yankees hold a $10.25M club option for his services in 2012 ($1M buyout). If he performs like he has the last two years, that option is a no-brainer. It’s just a net $250,000 raise from his 2011 salary.

The Yankees might have to walk away after that, since Swisher will be 32 and Boras will comparing him to Carlos Beltran or Vernon Wells or something. I like Swish, but not that much. Can’t blame him though, Boras is the best at what he does.

Update (7:15 p.m.): Jerry Crasnick reports that Swisher has in fact hired Dan Lozano and not Boras to be his agent. So much for that. Lozano has a few high profile clients, namely Albert Pujols, Michael Young, and Jimmy Rollins.

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  • mko

    I think Boras still does what his clients want – if they really make it clear to him. So if Swisher wants to remain a Yankee like he always says (and remains productive until then), they will work something out. I HOPE :-).

    • radnom


      I think Boras still does what his clients want

      Yeah, but why hire Boras unless you want to get PAID.

      He will take a huge cut and maybe drag your name in the mud a bit. If Swisher didn’t care about maximizing his contract and just wanted to work out a reasonable deal with the Yankees this switch wouldn’t make sense.

      • Mike HC

        Completely agreed. Even the news that Swisher and Cano fired their agents and hired Boras already puts a little mud on them before anything even happens.

        • Mister Delaware

          This reminds me of the time I didn’t ask for a bigger raise from the billionaire owners of my company simply so other people wouldn’t look unfavorably upon me.

          • radnom

            This reminds me of the time I didn’t ask for a bigger raise from the billionaire owners of my company simply so other people wouldn’t look unfavorably upon me. hired a cutthroat negotiator to use any underhanded (but legal) method possible to get me a slightly higher salary than I would have had otherwise. I also left my old company/home to move to a different city because where I work (and every other factor) is ultimately less important to me than an increase in my paycheck.

            Look I have nothing against guys who hire Boras, but lets call a spade a spade here. I can’t stand how people act like its the only logical thing to do.

            • johnny

              Baseball is a business. It’s not fair to judge peoples personality based on business decisions

              • radnom

                “It’s not fair to judge peoples personality based on business decisions”

                First of all that just straight up not true, but is completely outside the realm of this conversation.

                Second of all, did you even read a single word I wrote?


                Look I have nothing against guys who hire Boras

                • Esteban

                  I think he’s great. He creates a market for his players and usually gets them the best deal. Other agents should try to learn from him.

      • MannyGee

        Yeah, but why hire Boras unless you want to get PAID.

        ummmm maybe the Boras Group XMAS party is pretty bitchin… thought of that? maybe he does some sort of Vision or Flex Spending account for his clients… maybe, JUST maybe, his offices have those Keurig coffee cups for guests, so you can pick your own type of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa…

        You guys, its not ALWAYS about money at BorasCo Intl, you know…

        • RL

          Gave me my laugh for the day …

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          i love those things. if my boss had one of those, i would be way more impressed with him than i am today. i think i’m going to get one…i’ve been putting it off too long.

      • Ed

        Yeah, but why hire Boras unless you want to get PAID.

        Why wouldn’t you want the agent that would maximize your paycheck? Even if your goal isn’t the max possible contract, Boras will probably do better for you than anyone else would. Look at Bernie’s mega deal – Boras used the Red Sox to get the Yankees to up their offer. The Red Sox opened way higher than the Yankees did, and Boras used that to get the Yankees to make a offering approaching Boston’s.

        He will take a huge cut

        Every article about Boras talks about a commission range of 3-5%. 5% is the standard rate. So from what we can tell, Boras is either average or even cheap to hire.

        maybe drag your name in the mud a bit

        That happens for most players when big contracts are involved. It only matters to a small percentage of hardcore sports fans. Most people forget all about the negotiations shortly after.

        If Swisher didn’t care about maximizing his contract and just wanted to work out a reasonable deal with the Yankees this switch wouldn’t make sense.

        Why should Swisher not want to maximize his contract? Why should he care about a “reasonable” deal? Even if he really does want to stay a Yankee, Boras will most likely get a better offer from the team than any other agent would.

        • radnom


          Why should Swisher not want to maximize his contract? Why should he care about a “reasonable” deal?

          When did I make any implication that this was somehow “bad” behavior by Swisher? He is not wrong for doing this, but don’t act like 100% maximization of contract is the be all end all for every player. Some guys are happy with there current team and are more interested in getting fair market value and staying in the same place then getting every last penny and maybe playing somewhere they wouldn’t be happy. All i’m saying is this indicates Swisher is not in that category. And there is nothing wrong with that.

          • Ed

            When did I make any implication that this was somehow “bad” behavior by Swisher?

            When you talk about “maximizing his contract” vs a “reasonable deal”, it implies that wanting to maximize your contract isn’t reasonable.

            don’t act like 100% maximization of contract is the be all end all for every player.

            I’m not. If you read the sentence immediately after the one you quoted, you’d realize that. To repeat it: Even if he really does want to stay a Yankee, Boras will most likely get a better offer from the team than any other agent would.

            • radnom


              When you talk about “maximizing his contract” vs a “reasonable deal”, it implies that wanting to maximize your contract isn’t reasonable.

              Semantics. By reasonable I simply meant getting a fair market value deal that is not that maximum. Because I said “fair” in there as well does that mean I’m implying that maximizing your contract isn’t “fair” either? Don’t be a child.


              If you read the sentence immediately after the one you quoted, you’d realize that.

              I read that sentence but it just isn’t correct. Why doesn’t every single player hire Boras then? The main appeal of Boras is his ability to play teams against each other and get the highest deal. There is a significant risk when you do this that you end up somewhere you don’t want to be for less money than you could have. Especially if you are not a superstar. Johnny Damon can tell you all about that as can a number of other Boras clients.

              • Ed

                Semantics. By reasonable I simply meant getting a fair market value deal that is not that maximum.

                At this point you’re defining the market to fit your own personal tastes.

                Why doesn’t every single player hire Boras then?

                There’s far more demand for his services than he can handle. He’s extremely selective of who he takes on as a client.

                The main appeal of Boras is his ability to play teams against each other and get the highest deal.

                Right.

                There is a significant risk when you do this that you end up somewhere you don’t want to be for less money than you could have.

                Yes, but that’s just as much on the player as it is on Boras. Boras keeps the player updated at all times and provides his view of the situation. The player is free to accept an offer at any time. Bernie is one obvious example – every time he reached free agency, he turned down larger offers to stay a Yankee.

                You’ve still yet to justify your claim that Boras isn’t likely to get a better offer from the Yankees than another agent would. Boras and the Yankees have quite the history of negotiating contracts near or at the top of the pay scale.

                • radnom

                  Me:Semantics. By reasonable I simply meant getting a fair market value deal that is not that maximum.

                  At this point you’re defining the market to fit your own personal tastes.

                  I’m sorry but please try to follow the thread of the conversation. I was simply clarifying my use of “reasonable” since you (intentionally?) misinterpreted it to claim I was passing judgment against Swisher. That comment had nothing to do with “defining the market”.


                  Yes, but that’s just as much on the player as it is on Boras.

                  No duh. Thats my whole point. The fact that the vast majority of Boras negotiations follow a similar pattern indicates that if a player changes their agent to Boras they are looking for the same type of situation. Pointing out a couple outliers doesn’t change that.

                  I’m not even sure what you are arguing. Every response could more or less be boiled down to “herp derp Boras is the best agent for any player in any situation and the only logical choice is for every player to want Boras as their agent. Choosing Boras gives you no insight into the player’s demands or how strongly they with to stay with their current team”. As such, I’m 100% finished with this conversation.

                  • Ed

                    I’m sorry but please try to follow the thread of the conversation. I was simply clarifying my use of “reasonable” since you (intentionally?) misinterpreted it to claim I was passing judgment against Swisher. That comment had nothing to do with “defining the market”.

                    I’m sorry, but you just made up your own definitions of what market value is and what’s reasonable. “Market value” is what someone is willing to pay you. “Reasonable” means nothing in economics. If you’re using that term, you’re inserting your own values into the discussion. I’m not misinterpreting your statements, you’re inserting your own biases without even realizing it.

                    The fact that the vast majority of Boras negotiations follow a similar pattern indicates that if a player changes their agent to Boras they are looking for the same type of situation.

                    No, it doesn’t. You’re looking for a pattern and only seeing that while ignoring the outliers.

                    Almost all star players follow the same pattern that you’re attributing to Boras. But Boras has a lot of clients, a lot more than you realize. The stars (and in cases like Damon, sometimes faded stars) follow it. Most don’t.

                    You picked a stance based on headlines before this started. You wanted to see a pattern. There was a weak one, and you ran with it without bothering to think if there were other explanations.

            • MikeD

              Any player trying to maximize their contract is doing what’s reasonable.

        • Mike HC

          Boras will wait to the last minute to a complete a deal if he has to. Your name will constantly be brought up in the national media and on ESPN, talking heads constantly breaking you down. You never quite know how things are going to end up, where you and your family is going to live, etc …. Trying to maximize your dollar definitely has a price in the stress and instability department at least. Not saying that all negotiations don’t go like this to a certain extent, but some agents like Boras have definitely been known to take it to the very max.

          • Ed

            Boras will wait to the last minute to a complete a deal if he has to.

            Yes, you should expect that with Boras. But really, that’s more a function of being a top talent. Most top draft picks sign at the deadline, not just Boras clients. And all the top free agents drag out the signing process. When you’re a top name, teams tend to get desperate if you make them wait, as long you don’t wait long enough for them to look into other options.

            Your name will constantly be brought up in the national media and on ESPN, talking heads constantly breaking you down.

            That’s a function of you being a top name, not of having Boras represent you. The big press targets this winter were Lee and Jeter, neither of which are Boras clients. Most of the attention on Werth came after he signed.

            You never quite know how things are going to end up, where you and your family is going to live, etc

            That’s part of being a baseball player. Boras has always tried to work with the requests of players that have given him strong preferences.

            • Esteban

              Word, if I were a professional baseball player, I would try to get Boras to be my agent.

  • OldYanksFan

    Agreed, that Boras is good. But good at what? Having the balls to ask for the Moon and the Sun. And that wouldn’t be such a great skill if there weren’t owners out there who said: “The Moon AND and the Sun???? That’s WAYYY to much! I absolutely refuse to give you anymore then just the Moon (and a few top prospects… and maybe my first born male child)”.

    The problem is not Boras, but the fact that there is almost always an owner in desparate need, who will overpay in dollars and/or years, to get their guy. (Can Anyone say ‘Tom Hicks and $250m?’)

    Did Boras represent Carl Crawford? I know I’m behind the times, but 7/$140 ($20m AAV!!!!!!!) seems batshit insane.

    • Ac

      Boras is not Crawford’s agent. Just ask Derek Lowe if he loves Boras. He gets him 4 yr deal couple years ago from ATL. But then you have Varitek who wants to stay with Sox so NORAD can’t do his usual damage. I think from players perspective if you are willing to play the game like Tex you will get your $$$$ in the end.

      • CS Yankee

        Johnny Damon is on the phone and would like to talk to you.

  • The Real JobaWockeeZ

    Shiiiit.

  • Dave Mancuso

    Hey if Swish wants Boras so he can get paid top dollar, that’s terrific.

    He just needs to realize this is his last year in pinstripes, though.

    Cano? He will be getting PAID. Swisher? No way the Yanks are getting sucked into paying him for more than two years and more than $10-11M per. A nice three-year stint as a Yankee is long enough. He increased his value to other teams here.

    But if he’s getting Boras, he can’t possibly think he’s going to be remaining a Yankee (unless he’s delusional). He’s going after top dollar and he won’t get it here.

    • Ted Nelson

      “He just needs to realize this is his last year in pinstripes, though.”

      The Yankees have a team option for 2012…

      • CS Yankee

        I’m sure the postage is already on that option as well.

        2013, he’ll likely be playing anywhere but for the LAAofAOCCAUSA; as they don’t do Boras.

  • David

    Sounds like he’s aiming for Werth $

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      I won’t be surprised if Levine or Hank gives it to him too.

    • Avi

      Werth is exactly the comp I was thinking of. Boras might aim higher though, he always does.

    • Mister Delaware

      Nick isn’t werth that much. Hahahahahahaha!!!

  • Hughesus Christo

    DUAL HOLDOUT

  • Reggie C.

    Here’s hoping Heathcott is able to have demonstrated mlb ready projectability and thus save the org from having to look outside the system.

    • radnom


      and thus save the org from having to look outside the system.

      Corner outfielders are not exactly hard to find on the market.

      • CS Yankee

        Are they available on the corner market only?

        • toad

          Yeah. I think they’ve cornered the market.

  • mike_h

    who you gonna replace him with, I like Shin-Soo Choo but he is also a Boras client

    • pat

      Melky Mesa. BOOM

    • MikeD

      When is Choo a free-agent? He’d has a swing for the Stadium and would be great in NY. I’ve seen him interviewed two or three times and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is quite personable. He must have been raised bilingual. And, oh, he’s an excellent player. Won’t come cheap with Boras as his agent.

  • Mister Delaware

    We sign plenty of Boras clients, this isn’t a big deal. If anything, shouldn’t Yankees fans like seeing a great player sign with Boras? Boras is known for getting max money for his clients, Yankees are the team most willing to pay max money for a guy they really want. Worked with Damon, worked with Alex, worked with Teix, worked with Soriano, I’m sure it’ll work again in the future. Only thing hurt is on the Yanks P&L. Not our concern.

    • radnom


      shouldn’t Yankees fans like seeing a great player sign with Boras?

      Yeah, if that player is on another team. Otherwise, not so much.

  • Billion$Bullpen

    The Werth deal made Swish go to Boras. The Werth comp will make sure Swish will get a deal that is too big in dollars and or years.

    Swish going with Boras means he should be out of town after 2012. Kinda sucks but I do not want a 5 or more year deal with Swish at that age, no thanks. Hey Swish ask Johnny Damon how that post Yankees life is treating him getting to play in wonderful places like Detroit and Tampa Bay for less money than the Yanks would have given him. That can happen as well, but will not if Swish puts up representative years in 11 and 12.

    • mike_h

      Swisher also started the “I Love NY and wanna only play in NY” speech when Francessa interviewed him recently.

  • Mike HC

    The only guy who had to drink the “reality potion” by the Yanks was the guy who didn’t have Boras as his agent.

    Our entire middle of the order are going to be Boras clients now. Is he going to just travel with the team at this point?

  • James

    I suppose it’s the nature of professional sports. Any player on any team could hurt themselves irreparably tomorrow. Why not get the money while you can?

  • Poopy Pants

    Choking in the playoffs every year = goodbye after 2012.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      the fuck…?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      I’d say something about <99 PA over 2 different Octobers, but there's point to do it with people like you.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        there’s no point*

      • Esteban

        What do you expect from Mr. Pants?

        • I Voted 4 Kodos

          True, but that was poor even by his standards.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    “There’s far more demand for his services than he can handle. He’s extremely selective of who he takes on as a client.”

    I know its not true, but why do I feel like its always Yankees?

  • Esteban

    Wait, everybody is talking about Swisher hiring Boras, but he hired Dan Lozano. Can we still grumble grumble about Scott Boras?

  • Dream of Electric Sheeps

    Correct me if I am wrong, Swisher has 2 more years on his contract. If he sux this year, then the option likely wont be picked up and it’s a non issue. If he repeats his performance ly then it’s a no brainer. Either way, the matter will resolve itself this year or after 12. Who cares who he hooks up with. The market will dictate how much he will get paid and the Yanks can make decision in accordance to that.

    Much ado with nothing…

  • Mike

    I don’t think he hired Lozano so he could take a home town discount.

    • Billion$Bullpen

      I think it will really come down to does he really want to be here for a few more years and make really good money, or possibly play elsewhere for even greater money.

      His wife is an “actress”, and I would think she would prefer to be in LA or NY, not in some small market. With that said one year of a Swish contract would be more $ than she most likely will make in her whole life.

      I think if Swish had gone with Boras he would be outta here when his contract was up if he had two more good to great years with us. Now I think its possible it goes either way. I like Swish a lot, but I do not want Swish on some Jason Werthesque deal. We can not field a team of legacy players. That is called old timers day.

  • fire levine

    As an aside, I love when young amatuers are boras clients. It usually means that the strassburgs and harpers of thw world get to free agency at the youngest possible age.