Aug 5, 2022 - Sports

The man behind MLB's biggest deals

Scott Boras
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The biggest trade in MLB history had a familiar man behind the curtain: Scott Boras.

State of play: Juan Soto's trade to the Padres came after the 23-year-old rejected the Nationals' 15-year, $440 million extension, which would have been a record.

  • Boras believes (and many agree) that his client deserves an even bigger sum, and he wasn't about to settle.
  • Soto will be a Padre for at least the next 2.5 seasons. Soon thereafter, if not before then, he's expected to sign the richest contract in baseball history. It's the Boras way.
Data: Axios research; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The big picture: Boras has made a career of securing massive deals for his clients, engineering nine of the 23 MLB contracts that have exceeded $200 million, including six that set records at the time.

  • Alex Rodriguez (2000, Rangers): 10 years, $252 million — largest MLB contract ever
  • Rodriguez (2007, Yankees): 10 years, $275 million — largest MLB contract ever
  • Prince Fielder (2012, Tigers): Nine years, $214 million
  • Max Scherzer (2015, Nationals): Seven years, $210 million — largest ever for a free agent pitcher
  • Bryce Harper (2019, Phillies): 13 years, $330 million — largest MLB contract ever
  • Stephen Strasburg (2019, Nationals): Seven years, $245 million — largest ever for a pitcher
  • Gerrit Cole (2019, Yankees): Nine years, $324 million — largest ever for a pitcher
  • Anthony Rendon (2019, Angels): Seven years, $245 million
  • Corey Seager (2021, Rangers): 10 years, $325 million

The backdrop: Boras Corp. still rules the roost, but a competitor just bolstered its operations, with Wasserman (clients include Nolan Arenado and Giancarlo Stanton) acquiring Jet Sports (Chris Sale, Byron Buxton).

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