The Orioles 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Zach Britton, made the decision that he didn’t want to be just another client with Hendricks Sports so he decided to sign with Boras Corporation. Britton said that he never got the chance to meet the Hendricks brothers and he didn’t want to continue moving forward with an agency he wasn’t comfortable with. He then met with Scott Boras and was very impressed with what Boras had to offer, so he decided to sign with him. Britton joins a list of teammates that are also clients of Boras including Matt Weiters, Jake Arrieta, Mike Gonzalez, Manny Machado, Josh Bell and Brandon Erbe. Along with signing with Boras, Britton also took another big step forward when he was added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster this past week. I think making the decision to sign with Boras was a step in the right direction to accomplishing his next goal, which is to be in an Orioles uniform next season.
But some people are disappointed in Britton’s decision based solely on the fact that Boras’ main concern is about where his clients are going to earn the most money. He isn’t big on his clients signing long-term extensions that will keep them with the same organization for the long haul. Boras also has a history of making his young clients hold out for contract negotiations when they should be working out with the team and becoming a better player. I understand that an agent’s job is to put their clients in the best possible situation and get them the money they deserve. But a lot of agents are more worried about how much money they are getting out of the deal instead of what is going to make their clients happy.
I’m hoping that isn’t the case with Boras. Britton has already said he’s thoroughly impressed with how attentive Boras has been with his needs and trying to make him as comfortable as possible. Britton seems like the kind of guy who is going to be loyal to his fans and not sell out the way a lot of players do these days. He’s already made it known that he wants to be an Oriole for life and he thinks Boras can be the one who helps him do just that. Britton’s main focus right now is on being the best pitcher he can be and making the fans happy, and I don’t think money or a new agent is going to change that.
Submitted by Steve Giles