An arbitrator has ruled former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran does not need to pay Scott Boras the $1.3 million the former agent filed in a grievance for early termination of their representation contract.
According to Bob Nightengale and Jorge Ortiz of USA Today, Beltran left Boras’ agency in October of 2011–four months before the contract between their deal was to expire. Boras, citing a provision in their agreement for payment if this sort of early separation occurred, had filed a grievance with the MLBPA seeking 5% of the contract Beltran signed with the St. Louis Cardinals for $26 million in December of 2011.
“I felt like I had to win,” Beltran told USA TODAY Sports, “because he was basically suing me because I left him and he was trying to collect money without having done anything for me.
“It’s not the money. It’s the intention. Scott Boras had to do something that wasn’t right. If I haven’t done anything for you, haven’t negotiated your contract, how could I sue you and try to collect money because you left me and because you hired another agent? That didn’t make any sense to me.”
Boras has a similar grievance outstanding against former Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson–who signed a $52 million contract with the Chicago Cubs after changing agents.