Lee Jung-hoo’s helper Boras, MLB’s highest ransom ‘Devil’s Agent’
Scott Boras is, without a doubt, the most famous baseball agent in the world. Hundreds of professional baseball players are customers of Boras, and many of them are major league (MLB) star players. Park Chan-ho, Kim Byung-hyun (retired), Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers), and Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) also hit the jackpot by using him as their agent when signing an MLB contract. Last year’s best player in the KBO league, ‘genius hitter’ Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes) also chose Boras as an assistant to help him advance into the MLB at the end of this year.
Boras is a baseball player. He played second base and outfield for five years in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. He couldn’t step on the MLB stage. He couldn’t move up in Double-A and retired with a knee injury. He then earned his pharmacist license at Pacific University and then went on to Mac George Law School where he earned a master’s degree in law. He opened a law firm and for a time practiced as a lawyer specializing in medical litigation.
Boras, who first ventured into the agent business in 1980, made rapid progress using his playing experience and connections. In 1983, he made his name known in earnest by signing closer Bill Cordil to a $7.5 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Since then, he has established himself as a super agent called ‘the devil’ by the club and ‘angel’ by the players. He changed the history of MLB’s highest ransom one after another with his negotiating skills that lasted as long as possible and eventually led to favorable conditions for the player.
Greg Maddux signed a 5-year, $57.5 million contract in 1997, Kevin Brown signed an 8-year, $105 million contract in 1998, Alex Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $252 million contract in 2000, and Prince Fielder signed a 9-year, $214 million contract in 2012. All of the iconic contracts in MLB history, including the $10,000 contract, went through the hands of Boras. Gerrit Cole, the highest free agent pitcher ever, and the New York Yankees’ 2019 9-year, 324 million dollar 바카라사이트 contract are also Boras’ work.
Boras is known for snatching not only superstars but also monster prospects beforehand to put pressure on his club. Dozens of former major leaguers work as scouts for the Boras Corporation, and there are also economists and engineers who evaluate the value of players by analyzing the data they collect. Based on the information accumulated in this way, Boras signs agent contracts in advance with major new players aiming to join the MLB. Ryu Hyun-jin, who signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, Shim Jun-seok, who joined the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, and Lee Jung-hoo, who are already receiving the attention of MLB, were caught on the radar.
Lee Jung-hoo, who became the ‘Boras Division’, is already raising tangible and intangible values to the utmost. On the 26th, Sports Kida of the United States also cited the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees as potential destinations. All of them are ‘big market’ clubs that can handle Boras’ financial demands. Another customer of Boras, Masataka Yoshida, the best outfielder in Japanese professional baseball, signed with Boston last month for 5 years and 90 million dollars (approximately 110 billion won). Lee Jung-hoo is 25 years old, five years younger than Yoshida.