Alex Bregman and Scott Boras deserve each other in the worst of ways.
After leaving LeBron James and Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports thanks in part to a documentary devoted to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, Alex Bregman has signed on with super-agent Scott Boras. Bregman, arguably one of the most hated players in all of baseball outside of the Houston-metro area, joins Boras, a man so determined to control his bottom line during a pandemic he almost single-handedly railroaded any chance at a 2020 MLB season just to keep the upper hand in future labor negotiations.
Boras is great at his job, while Bregman remains one of the most talented players in all of baseball. On the surface, such a partnership makes sense, and ought to get lost in he daily news shuffle. But these two deserve a little extra hate thrown their way, rather than serving as a minor distraction.
Scott Boras and Alex Bregman are equal parts talented and annoying, and together they can finally ruin the game they claim to love.
Bregman’s last public appearance was his rather fake public apology to baseball fans everywhere, in which he failed to take adequate responsibility for his actions in cheating his way to a World Series, and who knows what else. The Houston star’s descent from one of the most electric players MLB has to offer, and a potential marketing beacon for a sport that desperately needs it, to smug anti-hero is a sad tale that only Boras could find appealing.
Boras thinks he can control the narrative around the sport. As the most powerful agent in baseball, he’s not entirely wrong. But he’s gone from championing players rights to placing himself directly in the way of a return to play when our country desperately needed a distraction. Boras told his clients, many of whom have plenty of influence in the game, not to bail out billionaire owners by agreeing to a deal. On the surface, he’s not wrong — players and owners had agreed upon a previous prorated salary.
Yet, Boras is a capitalist at heart, meaning he only wants what’s best for his players financially so he can line his pockets. That was his motivation in 2020 season talks, and that’s why he’s willing to take on a PR nightmare in Bregman, who is in the middle of a five-year, $100 million contract that will pay upwards of $28.5 million by 2023.
Bregman embarked on the greatest baseball scandal in modern history, and Boras nearly led a mutiny of the 2020 season during a pandemic. We can only imagine what they’re capable of together.