Saturday, November 17, 2007

Quick Hits: Buffett Advised A-Rod; The Gambler Fires Boras...

Alex Rodriguez may be the object of scorn and generally disliked amongst baseball fans right now, but he's sure not a dummy. In fact, a special friend might have saved face for him.

According to the AP, Warren Buffett advised Alex Rodriguez to approach the New York Yankees and go around agent Scott Boras, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

"A-Rod really loves being a Yankee," Buffett was quoted as saying. He wouldn't comment on the substance of any discussions with the player.

The two became friends several years ago.

Rodriguez, on Boras' advise, opted out of the final three seasons of his record $252 million, 10-year contract on Oct. 28. The Yankees had said many times that if he opted out, they wouldn't negotiate because they would lose $21.3 million from Texas for the final three seasons that was agreed to at the time of the 2004 trade, money to offset the $72 million New York owed from 2008-10.

Upset with developments after he opted out, Rodriguez contacted Buffett, and the investor told him to approach the Yankees without his agent, the Journal said.

After speaking with the investor, Rodriguez contacted a managing director at Goldman Sachs that he knew, John Mallory, who then got in touch with Gerald Cardinale, a Goldman Sachs managing director who has worked with the Yankees and their YES Network.


A-Rod has some very smart friends...

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As if Scott Boras didn't need any more bad news, here's more. Now, the Gambler, free pitcher, Kenny Rogers has sent Boras on his way.

Kenny Rogers is representing himself as a free agent, the Detroit Tigers confirmed Saturday.

The move seems to be a sign that the left-handed pitcher is closer to returning to Detroit and not letting agent Scott Boras shop his services to the highest bidder.

"I still hope to be in a Tiger uniform in 2008," Rogers wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press earlier this week before reports surfaced that he fired agent Boras.


Anonymous said...

They should all fire Bor-ass.He has done more harm to the game of baseball than just about any scandal or any steroid use.perhaps if he wouldn't be pushing salaries higher and higher players wouldn't try to enhance themselves as much(steroids)to get that A-Rod payday.No player(it is a game isn't it)is worth 25 million a year.Not one.I can't even afford to take my kids to the games anymore.Every year the price goes up and now we even have to pay to watch them on tv.What a sad world we live in.

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

I cannot disagree with you there, anon.

When it comes down it, the business of sports and the cost to run it is always passed onto the cost of the fan.

Unless you are a hardcore fan who is willing to pay thousands to follow your favorite team, independently wealthy, or just loves sports that much, I wonder how a lot of fans can afford to see their favorite team up close without having to sit in the nose-bleeds.

Thanks for the comment!

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