OT: Jered Weaver bucks Scott Boras

Submitted by 74polSKA on August 24th, 2011 at 9:32 AM

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/6889644/jered-weaver-bucks-scott-boras-advice-new-los-angeles-angels-deal

Jered Weaver is my new second favorite baseball player.  I'm not suggesting he is making a sacrifice "only" making 17 million a year but I like this quote:

"If $85 (million) is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of families then I'm pretty stupid, but how much money do you really need in life?" Weaver said Tuesday. "I've never played this game for the money. I played it for the love and the competitive part of it. It just so happens that baseball's going to be taking care of me for the rest of my life."

As a fan, I think all pro athletes should have this attitude.  It's especially refreshing in the wake of all the "I'm gonna get mine" attitude coming from the NCAA right now.  I know it's easier to think Weaver's way when you have millions in the bank but try to look at the glass half full.  I hope more players think this way and just don't speak up.

Plus he cost Scott Boras a ton of cash, so he's got that going for him, which is nice.

 

Comments

MGoVillain

August 24th, 2011 at 9:52 AM ^

Weaver can suck it.  

Also, that's good and fine and all but I don't see anything wrong with a guy getting what the market dictates if that's what he wants to do.   I'm sure if Weaver wasn't as happy with his current situation he'd have no problem taking lots of $$$ from another team.  

74polSKA

August 24th, 2011 at 9:57 AM ^

Tigers fan I assume.  I agree there's nothing wrong with getting as much cash as possible.  I may have been more impressed with his comment about being stupid if he can't set his family up for generations with the money.

I guess taking less money doesn't always play well with fans.  Just ask LeBron James.

Mitch Cumstein

August 24th, 2011 at 10:17 AM ^

I don't have a problem with a player going for the max he can get, or sacrificing some cash for a situation he likes, it just depends on that players value system and how much things besides money are worth to him.

The thing that impresses about Weaver's statement is it shows hes not an idiot with a contract that is going to buy a white Tiger and pretend that this kind of cash will be flowing for the rest of his life.

MGoVillain

August 24th, 2011 at 10:43 AM ^

I mean that's just not that impressive to me.  There's tons of athletes that do that without saying it.  Not everyone in professional athletics goes MC Hammer on it and I don't see any reason to expect that.  Also- Baseball is the easiest sport not to go bankrupt in because they make more money for a longer period of time and the contracts are guranteed.  Football players that make millions on a signing bonus and is out of the league in 3 years are the people that tend to have more of a problem with this.  

Mitch Cumstein

August 24th, 2011 at 10:49 AM ^

I used the word "impresses" very liberally.  I should have said "what impresses me more".  I'm not all that impressed that a guy has common sense to know he isn't going to play forever.  I was just making the point that taking a pay cut may or may not be the right thing for any given player.  Good point.

alanmfrench

August 24th, 2011 at 11:12 AM ^

I'm pretty sure you could make the argument that Lebron didn't really take less money. He took less money from the team he's playing for but he also moved to a much better market and that is really all he cares about is marketing himself.

NorthSideBlueFan

August 24th, 2011 at 8:41 PM ^

crazy that multi-millionaire athletes are in one. BUT since there is a union in place the top level guys carry the burden of the whole union to get what they can so everyone lives better and gets higher incomes. That at this stage of the game is MLBPA main purpose, if you think it isnt you're fooling yourself.

wolverinestuckinEL

August 24th, 2011 at 9:58 AM ^

What does it say about professional athletes that we expect them to put money above all else, and are refreshingly suprised when one of them speaks of family and happiness as being more important then a max contract.  

Tater

August 24th, 2011 at 9:59 AM ^

Only a prick like Boras would advise someone not to sign an $85 million contract.  There are a few agents whose players I would avoid like the plague if I were a GM.  Boras is number one on the list.  

It's really a matter of value.  You are going to pay more money for less product if you sign his players.  Also, if they have one good year, he holds them out for more money the next year.  He doesn't offer a rebate if the player has a bad year, though.  

NorthSideBlueFan

August 24th, 2011 at 10:43 AM ^

 

Here is his client list:

Major League

[edit]Minor League

 

MH20

August 24th, 2011 at 10:02 AM ^

Until you can go back in time and undo when Jered Weaver threw at the head of the Great Lord of Lords, Alex Avila, he will forever be a world-class jackass.

Naked Bootlegger

August 24th, 2011 at 10:27 AM ^

...to the rescue!   Pelinka insists that all of his clients adopt dozens of animal shelter cats throughout the lifetime of the contract.  It's a feel-good rider to any professional sports contract.

 

/s, although I think Rob is the best agent out there

Baloo_Dance

August 24th, 2011 at 10:45 AM ^

I know I'm going to sound like Donnie Do Gooder, but if I was Weaver I probably would have gone for market value and donated whatever he feels he didn't need.  

 

But overall, I agree it is refreshing to see Weaver's approach to contracts.

allblueallday

August 24th, 2011 at 11:05 AM ^

 

Why is this post even on this blog? Waste of time, also, I wouldn’t say Weaver was off that day against the tigers because he missed Avila’s head (and lost); But he gave Verlander the Cy-young with his hot-headed, childish behavior that Tiger's fans grew accustom to with his older brother Jeff. Now, he can be your "2nd" favorite player if you want, but don’t waste our time....Go Blue! (and tiger’s if this was an MLB blog)…