UPDATE: Peter Abraham throws some cold water on this rumor. He's saying Boras will remain A-Rod's baseball agent and Oseary will handle everything else. Boras used to handle everything, so it's more of a demotion than a kick-to-the-curb.
Alex Rodriguez put his money where his mouth is today, he fired Scott Boras
. (Hat tip to Alex K. from NY, MLBTR
and Mark Feisand
). Tim from MLB Trade Rumors accurately surmises that losing A-Rod as a client isn't going to cripple Boras, he still has a stable of top-flight talent. However, the effect of having your best client walk away can't be ignored completely.
Boras has had this Svengali-like aura around him for years. He's been ruthless, he's screwed a lot of fans, made hundreds of millions for his clients and I think he's actually been bad for the game, pushing clients into bad situations for more money (see the last contract A-Rod signed for an example.)
His tactics have been abrasive, grandiose and downright slimy in some cases and I have to say, I'm glad A-Rod has cut ties with him. A-Rod's new agent, Guy Oseary, doesn't represent any other athletes. He's a Hollywood guy, which makes sense. A-Rod doesn't need a sports agent anymore, he's probably signed his final baseball contract (actually, he didn't need a sports agent for that either, he negotiated it himself). What he needs is someone to get him commercials, endorsements and maybe acting spots, if that's what he wants to do. A-Rod will be a 10/5 player after 2008, so he'll have a full no-trade clause for the final 9 years of his new deal.
A-Rod followed Kenny Rogers down the fire Boras path, I truly hope some other guys will follow suit.