Boras confirms split with Rogers
Agent, pitcher had longstanding relationship before dismissal
DETROIT -- Scott Boras, who worked as Kenny Rogers' agent until Rogers announced on Friday that he is representing himself, confirmed the move on Saturday morning. However, he characterized the split as an amicable one.
"Kenny and I have a longstanding 18-year relationship," Boras said in a telephone interview with MLB.com, "and Kenny made the decision. Kenny was very satisfied with our representation, and he made the decision that representation was something he wanted to take upon himself.
"As to our services, he was very complimentary. He just said that at this point in time, he wanted to represent himself."
Boras did not want to discuss specifics about the move or how negotiations had progressed, nor did he want to speculate whether this was a precursor to Rogers signing with Detroit or another team.
Teams learned of Rogers' decision to dismiss Boras through an e-mail sent out to clubs through Major League Baseball and the Players Association on Friday afternoon. That came two days after Alex Rodriguez talked with the New York Yankees about a new contract without Boras present.
Boras, however, remains Rodriguez's agent. Rogers has gone on his own. Boras had represented Rogers for just about his entire Major League career, starting in the late 1980s.
As for their relationship going forward, Boras said, "Kenny's always welcome to call and talk with us."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.