Mark Teixeira had only kind words to say about Scott Boras this morning, but in ending his relationship with arguably the most powerful agent in the game, it seems Teixeira feels some sense of freedom.
“I felt at times I was Mark Teixeira, Scott Boras client instead of Mark Teixeira, baseball player,” he said. “But, we had a great relationship and he gave me everything I asked for contract-wise. I’m 100 percent happy in New York, absolutely love it here, but at the same time, the next six years of my career aren’t going to be about a contract.
“(Being a Boras client) weighed on me my entire career. That’s not negative, that’s just the world we live in. I chose Scott for a reason, because I wanted the best agent for my career and for my contracts.”
Boras got Teixeira the contract he wanted, the eight-year, $180-million deal that will keep Teixeira in New York through 2016. For the past year, though, Teixeira has used a different agency to represent him through his many charitable commitments.
“Ever since I was a rookie people talked about my free agent contract,” Teixeira said. “It was unfortunate for me, for my teammates. Once that contract’s over and you’re settled and I’m here in New York, you start worrying about different things. Winning a championship, winning another championship and then really being involved in the community. On the field I’m completely focused on helping this team win, and off the field it’s helping kid’s out and raising money for Harlem RBI, doing those kinds of things. Right now, the next contract isn’t really on my mind… Sometimes business relationships just run their course, and for me and my family right now, this is the best decision for me.”
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