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.”