Top MLB Draft Contracts Scott Boras Has Orchestrated
Most owners tremble when they hear that Scott Boras will be handling contract negotiations for a player—they are well aware of the big contracts Boras has secured for his clients.
This past winter, Boras was behind the signing of Prince Fielder and his nine-year, $214 million deal to the Detroit Tigers. Boras also negotiated the landmark 10-year, $252 million deal for the Texas Rangers and Alex Rodriguez in 2000, which was the largest contract in MLB history at the time.
Over the past few years, Scott Boras has helped young players receive some of the biggest contracts in draft history. Here are some of the big contracts Scott Boras has orchestrated involving top draft picks.
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The pitching phenom for the Nationals was one of the lucky star clients to be represented by Mr. Boras. Just slipping in under the midnight deadline for their contract negotiations, the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agreed to a four-year, $15.1 million deal.
Scott Boras fought for every penny of that deal, and it was worth it for both sides. Stephen Strasburg stepped on the mound in D.C. and lit up batter after batter in his first MLB season.
With 14 strikeouts in his pro debut, Strasburg had the world in the palm of his hand. Unfortunately, the shoulder on that arm couldn't support the world, forcing Tommy John surgery in his rookie year. After a few starts in 2011, Strasburg looked to be back in shape.
After being named NL Pitcher of the Month in April 2012, Strasburg is showing the Nationals the long contract negotiations and high price were worth it.
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The Nationals and Scott Boras seem to have a successful partnership. The number one overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft was also taken under the wing of Scott Boras.
Boras outdid himself from the previous year's draft, signing Harper to a seven-year $18.9 million deal with the Nationals. Being the second-youngest player to ever start in the fall league, only two days older than Fernando Martinez in 2006, Harper has quickly made a name for himself in the league.
Since his MLB debut on April 28, 2012, Bryce Harper has a .288 average with five home-runs and 12 RBIs. Being only 19 years old, Harper has a long career ahead of him that can be full of success, and even bigger contracts thanks to Scott Boras.
In 1997 J.D Drew was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the MLB Draft. After the Phillies wouldn't pony up and shell out the $10 million Boras was looking for, he found a loophole allowing Drew to play for an individual league instead of being signed by an MLB team.
A year later, the Cardinals jumped on the chance and drafted J.D. Drew in the draft, this time fifth overall. Boras was willing to move down slightly on his $10 million asking price, and settled for $8.5 million, still the biggest contract for an amateur at that time.
Drew's career has been full of success, playing for the Cardinals, Braves, Dodgers and Red Sox. Drew was involved in the Red Sox's World Series win in 2007, and was the 2008 MLB All-Star MVP.