MLB Super Agent Scott Boras spent Thursday morning in Flushing with the New York Mets, helping to introduce his client Brandon Nimmo’s long-term deal.
He spent Thursday evening flushing the Red Sox long-shot hopes for Carlos Rodón down the toilet from a quiet spot on their own property.
Yankees fans who believed the Rodón conversations might be nearing a conclusion, with rivals like the Dodgers, Giants and Cardinals being eliminated left and right, were thrown for a loop watching Boras touch down in New York only to bolt to Beantown a few hours later.
Turns out they had nothing to worry about, as Boras sat at the dais soaking in the hard work he’d done securing a Masataka Yoshida overpay, then took further advantage of the Red Sox hospitality by closing a six-year pact with their closest rival while chomping on Fenway snacks.
Per a report from The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Boras finished with his Sox duty, retreated to another room, and finalized the Yankees’ deal with Rodón, a player Boston could’ve theoretically spent some of their savings on to bolster their rotation. Instead, they simply fed and energized the deal’s catalyst, allowing Rodón to sign with their rivals instead.
Yankees signed Carlos Rodón while Scott Boras was at Fenway Park
What do you think Boras was snacking on? Fenway Franks? Kind bars? Fried shreds of the Carl Crawford contract, dipped in batter and sizzling on a paper plate?
At that moment, it seemed former Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi was next up for the Yankees, a move that would’ve only pour additional salt in the region’s currently-gaping wound. Benintendi spent a solid month with the 2022 Yankees before fracturing his wrist on a swing, which sidelined him through the ALCS.
The only thing that stopped a reunion, though? The massive deal Boras swung for Yoshida, the Japanese import left fielder who reset the market with his five-year, $90 million contract to hit leadoff for the Red Sox (over $105 million with the posting fee).
If not for Yoshida’s financial windfall, Benintendi probably would be satisfied with the Yankees’ current offers, rather than agreeing to sign on with the White Sox for five years and $75 million. Oh well. Boras giveth, and Boras taketh away.
It’s not quite even, though. The indignity of closing Rodón in enemy territory outweighs Benny landing in Chicago. Yankees win again.