In Jeffery Anderson’s profile of baseball über-agent Scott Boras, he quotes Boras as saying that “not signing Jeff Weaver is how you don’t win divisions, and my prediction is the St. Louis Cardinals won’t win their division this year.” Anderson affirms this observation by writing “at press time, the Cardinals were near the bottom of the NL Central.”
What he neglects to say is that Weaver is 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA — the worst record of any pitcher in baseball — and was on the verge of being released until he went on the Disabled List in mid-May. This marks the second consecutive season that a team contemplated eating a big chunk of money and releasing Weaver just a month into the season. The Cardinals salvaged Weaver’s career, and rather than express any loyalty toward the team or pitching coach Dave Duncan — and realize that this was perhaps the best fit for his client — Boras was insulted by their offer and took the bigger bucks from the gullible Mariners. As Dodger GM Ned Colletti said, with Boras it’s always about the money, which doesn’t always translate to the best interest of his clients.
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