As Major League Baseball has questioned the Boston Red Sox trade of Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB denies that it launched a full investigation), the role of superagent Scott Boras has come under fire. Was the disruptive, childish and petulant behavior of Ramirez just the latest chapter of the “Manny Being Manny” saga? Or, was Ramirez merely acting out a script written and directed by Boras, aimed at one last pay day to line both of their considerable pockets?
There were two key factors in play. The first was Ramirez’s contract with the Red Sox. His 8-year, $160 million contract with the Sox expired after this season – but the team held the option to keep Ramirez in 2009 and 2010 at a cool $20 million per season.