Hanson discusses signing with agent Scott Boras

Washington – Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson signed with agent Scott Boras last week, making him the third of five starters in the Braves rotation who are clients of baseball’s mega-agent, along with Derek Lowe and Jair Jurrjens.

Such a move can be viewed by fans as a sign that Hanson will be difficult to sign long-term, and Boras has a reputation for being dogged in seeking top dollar for his clients.

“I think that’s everyone’s general opinion of him, but after you sit down and talk to him, I don’t think that’s the case at all,” Hanson said. “He’s going to be there to tell you what he thinks is the best decision for you to make and it’s up to you whether you want to make that decision or not.”

Hanson is in only his first full season with the Braves. He wouldn’t become arbitration eligible until after the 2012 season and a free agent until after 2015. In short, it won’t be an issue for a while. Hanson said he doesn’t think it will be, period.

“He’s going to give me what he thinks and present me with whatever the Braves say and that decision is up to me and ultimately my family too,” Hanson said. “…As far as being a Brave, I love being a Brave. I love Atlanta. I love everything about this organization. I love the city. I love living there. I live there full-time now.”

Hanson, who grew up in Southern California, signed with his former agent Dan Horwitz of Beverly Hills Sports Council in 2005 the year he was drafted. Hanson said he felt some uncertainty after a shake-up at the agency last month. Danny Lozano, who represents Albert Pujols among others, left Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Hanson said the change wasn’t simply money-driven. He was enticed by all Boras’ agency offers with its staff of personal trainers, nutritionists and a sports psychologist.

“The biggest thing for me is helping me be a better pitcher,” Hanson said. “I just think all those things are going to help me out in the long run.”

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July 28th, 2010
6:48 pm


July 28th, 2010
6:55 pm

aff…. Boras again….he will cost us Hanson…i can feel it…


July 28th, 2010
6:56 pm


July 28th, 2010
6:56 pm

trade him while we can..LOL


July 28th, 2010
6:57 pm

Best agent in sports, no doubt. I’d sign with him too.

Grandpa Right, formerly of Cochran

July 28th, 2010
6:57 pm


July 28th, 2010
6:58 pm

When you start sucking you have to sign with boras to still get that payday.

Kris in NC

July 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

Love Tommy to death but the key statement in his interview that is sticking out to me is “He was enticed by all Boras’ agency offers with its staff of personal trainers, nutritionists and a sports psychologist.

For the amount of money these players make, Tommy can hire a personal trainer, a nutritionist and need be a sports psychologist. IMO, Boras has a big time monopoly on persuading players to switch agents. No wonder this guy is hated by a lot of GM.

When Tommy is a FA, the Braves won’t be able to afford him, Boras will demand a out of this world contract. Tommy may say that it is his and his family’s decision, I believe we heard that song and dance story before i.e. Mark Teixera. Ain’t buying it at all.


July 28th, 2010
7:03 pm

Just in time for the trade deadline! Hanson is overhyped and will be unsignable in the near future. Get rid of him now and get max value. Save the money to sign JJ-the Braves won’t be able to afford Hanson and JJ and Hanson isn’t going to be worth anything near what Boras will demand.

Bye Tommy!! Nice knowing you!!


July 28th, 2010
7:05 pm

Hanson says hello to Boras and goodbye to the Braves!

Have fun with the Yankees or BoSox Tommy.


July 28th, 2010
7:09 pm

Reality I hate to say it but I think I agree.Tommy starting to look like a 5,6 inning pitcher and he is done.Like D. Lowe.


July 28th, 2010
7:12 pm

With Hanson’s slow motion delivery allowing 21 of 22 runners to steal, every single becomes a double.

The guy regularly implodes to the point where you can’t trust him in a postseason start. He looks to be way overhyped for what he is. Once he demands Boras money-it’s over. By that time we may not miss him all that much.

When he came up you thought he was a once in a life-timer with the press he garnered but he looks pretty average. A .500 pitcher with an ERA over 4.00-so what??

JC from DR!

July 28th, 2010
7:14 pm

get rid of the kid.

Oh Zone

July 28th, 2010
7:14 pm

@Kris in NC: Teixeria didn’t do a song and dance with the Braves. The Braves knew they couldn’t compete for his contract and thus didn’t even try. They traded him away very suddenly.

GT Fan

July 28th, 2010
7:28 pm

Find it funny that folks seem to think they know what Hanson’s peak will be after he’s only pitched in the majors for about a year.

However, this can’t be a good sign for the Braves’ chances of keeping Tommy around long term. Yeah, in the end, it is the player’s choice, but I can only remember 1 Boras client not taking the biggest money, and that was Andruw in 2001 when he and his dad negotiated a contract with the Braves. And, if I remember correctly, Boras wasn’t too happy with that deal.


July 28th, 2010
7:32 pm

Why all the “waling & gnashing of teeth”? Hanson is property of the Braves for the next 5 years regardless of who his agent is! A lot of things can change in 5 years time. Look at all the young, up and coming, arms the Braves are amassing. Hanson may not even be a factor in 5 years given the prospects working up through the system.

He is young and as he goes through the league for the second year, teams are adjusting and he will have to do the same. He still has to work on his location and situational pitch selection (IMO). The kid still has tons of upside and delivering his eulogy now makes no sense at all.

Sit back, relax, enjoy the run to the post season the Braves are on and let things play out. I think the Braves scouts and front office guys are must better adapt and proven at judging talent than anyone who post here! Only time will tell and the Braves have years to decide if he is the real deal or over-hyped. If anyone is guiltly of over-hype, it would be the collection of fanatics (myself included) who follow this Blog religiously!


July 28th, 2010
7:34 pm

He is gone. Boras will not let him sign with the Braves.

Jeff versus Mac

July 28th, 2010
7:37 pm

I don’t want the Braves to trade Tommy Hanson. He pitched a good game last night. But, I remember when Jeff F. was the Sports Illustrated superstar and Mac was his roommate. Don’t trade Medlen. He was Hanson’s roommate. And, he’s darn good. I’m sorry to see that Hanson signed with Boras. He may represent his players well, but he leaves a bad taste in the mouths of us who see baseball players make way too much money.

The Sport is Dying

July 28th, 2010
8:14 pm

How to Treat a Boras Client:

Choose him,
Use him,
Abuse him,
Refuse him
Lose him,
…. replace him with Julio Teheran.

Bye, red. I saw this coming when your salary had to be forced after one stinking year

Now he’s talking “Boras Speak” about loving the city. Remember Tex and his “thought I’d finish my career here..” P. 176 in the Boras B.S. Book, Tommy’s quoting from an earlier page.

I’ll enjoy you while you’re here. That is, if you’ll chill with the flat fastball. You need to do that, red. It’ll help with the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.


Tommy Ransom

July 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

Yeah, he’s really not a bad guy when it comes down to it. What a joke.


Don’t let the door hit you (in 2015) on the way out. That’s what God made Delgados.

Phenomenal Smith

July 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

Kris in NC said: “For the amount of money these players make, Tommy can hire a personal trainer, a nutritionist and need be a sports psychologist. IMO, Boras has a big time monopoly on persuading players to switch agents. No wonder this guy is hated by a lot of GM.”

This is simply untrue. Tommy Hanson is not a millionaire, and won’t be until he starts collecting his paychecks in 2013. He currently makes the league minimum, and will for the next two season. While A-Rod can certainly afford all of the things Boras offers, Tommy will be taking home about 125K a year after taxes. This may sound like a lot of money to you and me, but there wouldn’t be any room for him to pay for a personal trainer, nutritionist, etc. after Tommy makes his mortgage payments, providing for his family and putting away money in case his arm blows out before his free agent years. He has a very bright future, and he is smart enough to see that he needs Boras’s resources to protect that future.

Innocent Bystander

July 28th, 2010
8:42 pm

If you had the choice between doing your job for decent pay and doing your job for 1.5 – 2 times that amount plus benefits, which would you choose? If other teams are ultimately going to overpay for Boras clients, then that is only going to hurt them (see Jones, Andruw, $36MM over 2 years w/ Dodgers)

Jack G.

July 28th, 2010
9:05 pm

Its not about the money—–BULL SH**.

Braves Fan Since "80

July 28th, 2010
9:37 pm

Pitch him to his arm falls off if he does not want to sign on early

GT Alum

July 28th, 2010
10:01 pm

Innocent Bystander, if I’m happy where I’m working for the money I’m making, and I’d have to compromise that and risk landing in another situation where I wouldn’t be as happy, I’d keep the same job at the same pay. I can say that because I’ve turned down other opportunities that paid more.

Not everyone makes enough money to have that luxury, but, if Hanson makes it to his arbitration years and stays healthy, he will.

hind tit

July 28th, 2010
10:04 pm

trade him now.

Kang & Kodos

July 28th, 2010
10:15 pm

The Braves would have won 3 World Series in the ’90’s but for Bobby Cox. Leo Mazzone was overrated. Chip Caray is a flatulent butthead. Ron Gant was a juicer. Fran Wren wets the bed. Terry Pendleton has no testicles. Troy Glaus is actually 49 years old. Chipper is a p-ssy.


July 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

Hate to say it, but it sure looks like Hanson has made himself “trade-bait” by aligning w/his new agent…..and it does seem that Borus thumbs his nose at the Braves.

yer daddy

July 28th, 2010
10:28 pm

kang is 13 yrs. old and posting from his mom’s basement…


July 28th, 2010
10:30 pm

Yeah, but I’m 21 and posting from your mother’s bed


July 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

not just hanson jurrjens too


July 28th, 2010
10:37 pm

“Kang & Kodos” been sayin that for years……I agree with you. Cox is finally givin it up, now if we can just get a good Mngr…..Freddie G i’;m thinkin and a competent batting instructor, we’ll be in great shape.


July 28th, 2010
10:48 pm

The great part about Boras is that his record in arbitration is worse than mediocre and nobody ever seems to notice.


July 28th, 2010
10:52 pm

Wow. Boras may be a dick, but the idea that Hanson is headed out of town is nonsense. He’s still under control for five plus years. Maybe we lose him then, but we have amazing talent to replace him. But Boras keeps his clients healthy. And as Tommy says, he just gives advice. If Tommy is winning 20 a year, he’s worth whatever he asks for. Enough with the defeatist nonsense. We have plenty of talent to replace him five years from now. You want to pay $20 million for a 12-9 pitcher? I don’t.


July 28th, 2010
10:58 pm

Tommy is one heck of a nice young man. Go for the gold , Tommy

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Scorr Van Pelt

July 29th, 2010
12:18 am

Unknown Hinson

July 29th, 2010
12:19 am

I’m pretty sure I would be semi-excited if Boras had a “career ending” injury.


July 29th, 2010
1:30 am

you guys are unbelievable. completely clueless and uneducated


July 29th, 2010
2:23 am

Wow, Tommy Hanson is overrated? He’s 23 years old!!! The guy is one of the best up and coming pitchers in the league. Get back to me in two years when he is a legit number one and see how many people want to keep him. Also it’s not like the Braves have never signed a Boras client anyone remember Greg Maddux? Anyone remember Derek Lowe? Pretty sure they are/were Boras clients. Also Frank Wren has a working relationship with Boras and there has never been anything to show that it’s a strained relationship. Like Hanson said it’s the player’s choice where to sign.

Also if any of you thought that Mark Teixiera was going to sign here long term you are incredibly gullible. He was never going to sign here. He turned down 160 million from the Rangers and the Braves were not going to go anywhere near that number. He was always going to either the Red Sox or the Angels. Tex is a gun for hire as is Arod but everyone that is a Boras client is not like that. Mr. Maddux being the prime example. He would have resigned with the Cubs but they never offered him a deal.


July 29th, 2010
3:15 am

From a “history of baseball” perspective it is pretty interesting that MLB went from the hated and despised and unfair “Reserve Clause” (which said that teams retained the rights to players they had signed as long as they wanted to) – which was patently unfair and only reversed in 1975 (after being in effect from the beginnings back in the 1800s) to the current system – where players (aided by festering pustules on the backside of humanity like Scott Boras) obtain salaries that are, on the grand scale of humanity, obscene – without passing through even a momentary intermediate step which, I would gladly argue, would have been good for the fans, good for the teams, and most certainly not bad for the players.

You can argue “capitalism” or “get what you can” or “greed is good” or whatever you like – but to pay Chipper Jones $14,000,000 when the average pay for a year when the average teacher’s salary is $52,000 is an obscenity. If you can’t do the math in your head: Chipper’s salary is equal to 270 teachers.

I’m a big Chipper fan – a BIG one. But professional sports has become a national obscenity – and Scott Boras is instigator #1.

taxman kenneth

July 29th, 2010
7:17 am

It didn’t take Hanson long before he joined the money hungry Scott Boras. It makes me sick when I head these overpaid players say it was a family decision to do what they do and they always love the team they are with but wait until the millions start coming from these rich teams and you can see how much they love the team that spent all that money training them and coaching them to be where they are now. They also say they just want to be on a winning team and go to the world series. That is bull too. They are not interested in nothing but the almighty dollar just like Tex and Furcal was. They both loved Atlanta and loved playing for Cox but see what they done. Hanson will be gone the first year he is a free agent and he will be pitching for the Yankees or the Red Sox most likely and Heyward in their outfield a couple of years later. Maybe the braves can screw some team like the Rangers done the braves in the Tex deal and get a team for Hanson and Heyward when that time comes.

taxman kenneth

July 29th, 2010
7:19 am

Amen to Boatdoc. I agree 100%.


July 29th, 2010
7:21 am

Hanson you may learn to be a pitcher. You needed at least another year or two at AAA ball. You are only #4 or #5 pitcher. You are just a thrower with some talent. You would have been wise to hire a good pitching coach – Smoltz, etc. You do have talent, use it to reach your potential.


July 29th, 2010
7:45 am

So who should decide how much a baseball player or movie star or teacher or fireman should get paid, Boatdoc? Why not pay all teachers 5 mil a year? Too much? OK. 15 thousand a year. What? Not enough? Says WHO? Why have you decided that you are the final arbitrator of what people should earn or what they “deserve”? You just can’t stand the fact that people enter into agreements freely with one another, can you? No, because sometimes these agreements don’t fit into your vision of what is “fair” or “just”.

Ron H

July 29th, 2010
8:34 am

You don’t think the Braves provide all those services for their players? A “staff of personal trainers, nutritionists and a sports psychologist” are available to any MLB player, usually on the team’s dollar.

Too bad he chose to go that route…He will not be a Brave after 2015.

Ron H

July 29th, 2010
8:35 am

or possibly before then…

no name

July 29th, 2010
8:35 am

Red seems like a nice kid and a quality pitcher now but Boras will keep his mind on the big money someplace else and convince him that the Braves only want to abuse him at a low wage. That’s what agents do.
Boras does not let his clients decide where they play or how much they earn. He owns them and they allow it because they see him as their leader to mega bucks. Simple as that.


July 29th, 2010
8:55 am

Signing with Boras reveals a distinct character flaw; greed. Almost all his clients follow him blindly as long as he holds $ in front of them. The Braves need to pitch him for the next 5 years till his arm falls off then let the Yankees or Red Sox give Boras millions for him.


July 29th, 2010
9:05 am

I don’t believe Hanson will be worth the money Boras the $$$ Beast deamand. I would get a super hot bat for him if we can.


July 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Braves need a good bat, How about considering Cory Hart (MIL) before the trade deadline… .292 BA, 22 HR’s

Melky Way

July 29th, 2010
9:36 am

Kudos, And you are a idiot!

Melky Way

July 29th, 2010
9:37 am


July 29th, 2010
9:40 am

Thank god we have Delgado, Teheran, Vizcaino and Minor in the wings.

Melky Way

July 29th, 2010
9:46 am

If any one of you had the talent to pitch in the MLB you would want the best sports agent your self,so don’t get mad at Hanson for doing what anybody with sense would do.Boras is just the best.As a Braves fan I hope they are able to keep him for a long time,but this game is a business nothing personal!

Ice Cold Beer

July 29th, 2010
9:49 am

All I can say is if Boras can get me a $20 million/yr contract while the others get me $15 million, I’m signing with Boras every single time. All you guys saying otherwise are lying thru your teeth…….

Melky Way

July 29th, 2010
9:57 am

Boatdoc,people are not going to pay for a 15-30 doller ticket at a 45000 seat ballpark to watch a teacher.sure teachers are under paid,but thats another point.

Tell It Like It Is

July 29th, 2010
10:20 am

Enjoy Hansen while you can. He’s gone in 2015 assuming no injuries or poor performance. Same with Heywood when his time to get paid arrives.


July 29th, 2010
11:20 am

Does anyone know who will own the Braves in 2015. There was a time when the Braves had one of the top payrolls in baseball. Who knows, maybe someone will come in and spend some money like the big boy’s?


July 29th, 2010
11:48 am

I agree with most people, this might be the time to look at trading Hanson. Strangely, no one has ever brought it up and I am not simply now because of the Boras thing, but Hanson has a really difficult delivery. No question he gets a 90’s fastball out of it, but he seems to use only his shoulder and arm. Watch his lower body follow through, and then look at Hudson, or more precisely, go back and look at footage of Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver. They used lower body.
I have always feared Hanson would have a short career due to a shoulder injury.
I am sure there will be some who flame me for saying it, will ask why if I am such an “expert” I am not the pitching coach or work for the Braves, but I do have training in this field, and it is something I have noticed. Now, with Boras, the two might be the kiss of death for his long term career with the Braves.


July 29th, 2010
11:51 am

The reason chipper gets paid the amount of 270 teacher is there are 270 people who can teach to one chipper jones. Also, I don’t see anyone buying tickets to watch someone teach but they’ll pay out the wazoo to watch a dude hit a ball with a stick. If you don’t like it don’t go, it’s supply and demand.

Boras is a great scape goat for all these people screaming and yelling about what these guys get paid. If you really don’t like it. DON’T go to game, DON’T watch on TV, DON’T buy their jerseys. Sports franchises are businesses. They are NOT keepers of some shrine of americana. They might supply americana, but it is NOT their job to keep baseball as a blue collar, low-income sport. That’s like saying you should sell your house to someone for $100k just because you feel morally better about those people then the party offering you $300k. You wouldn’t do it, so get off your high horse and stop bitching about Boras and players signing with him. Self preservation is everyone’s goal whether you like it or not.


July 29th, 2010
12:33 pm

Hansen is not a “pitcher” only a “thrower”..In two years or less he will be out of the Majors..
Boras is a non factor in this case…Whatch the decline in Hansen over the period of time…

Scott Boras

July 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

Braves Fans: Why the negative reaction? Yes, I’ve added Tommy to my stable of obscenely overpaid athletes, but I only want to do what is best for the Braves, the city of Atlanta, MLB, the United States of America and children everywhere.

Trust me.


July 29th, 2010
12:54 pm


July 28th, 2010
7:32 pm
“Why all the “waling & gnashing of teeth”? Hanson is property of the Braves for the next 5 years regardless of who his agent is! A lot of things can change in 5 years time”

Is that true? If the Braves have Hanson under contract for the next 5 years then to talk about trading him now is ludicrous. In 5 years Chipper, Lowe, Hudson and their hefty contracts will be gone and the only players that will be demanding that kind of money will be Heyward, McCann,JJ and Hanson. Liberty probably will not be the owner and new owner probably will be willing to fork out more cash. The new stabe of Minor, Tehran, Viscanio, Delgado etc. will be coming into there on so if Braves can’t sighn but one of Hanson/JJ combo in year 6, they still will be in good shape. Lets worry about who the Bravws may trade for a big bat.


July 29th, 2010
12:56 pm

A few weeks back I heard Don Sutton on the radio say something I thought was shocking to say as a Braves announcer about Tommy Hanson.
Something like: Tommy’s not exactly the smartest pitcher in the world.
I believe this comment was made in the context of plate appearences and running around the bases. Basically, on a very hot and humid day a pitcher just needs to do what most pitcher’s do and that’s get the sac bunt and head to the dugout to rest up and cool off.


July 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

anybody know how much boras is worth?

Chippers Daddy

July 29th, 2010
2:48 pm

I hope this doesnt mean he is gone after 2015, but thats a long ways away. no need to worry now. we just need to get lowe to take a pay cut. like this:



July 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Could be a problem if the Braves decide to trade away all of their pitching prospects for a hitter now that the Phillies have forced them to make a move with the addition of Oswalt. The Braves certainly can’t sit still now. If we trade away the farm and have no one to take over for D-Lowe and Hanson (if he were to be traded in lieu of paying him Boras-Bucks) then there may not be anyone left to take over. Minor can’t fill both slots.

Jack G.

July 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

The attitude of MLB players is if the owners are stupid enough to pay it, I’m stupid enough to take it.
I cant find fault with that. Just wish I could get in on it.


July 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Jurrjens AND Hanson. Yikes.



July 29th, 2010
6:06 pm

A good comparison would still be Cole Hamels. Many people made the Hanson-Hamels comparison when Hanson first arrived in the majors. Cole does not have super star numbers but he is a good 3rd guy in a solid rotation. He had 2 down years out of 5. I can see Hanson having similar results in his first 5 years. However, he may have shoulder and/or arm problems by his late 20’s due to his awkward delivery. For this reason alone, maybe we don’t want him after he is eligible for free agency anyways.


October 4th, 2013
2:19 pm

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