The New York Times reported Monday that agent Scott Boras made a series of loans totaling $70,000 to Braves shortstop prospect Edward Salcedo, raising questions about the possible exploitation of a needy Dominican family and a violation of union rules by the Boras Corporation.
The newspaper reported that Salcedo had changed agents after a $2.9 million contract with the Indians fell through in 2008 over a dispute about his age, but that he felt pressured to return to Boras because of the money he owed. The article cited Salcedo, his brother Thommy and Martiris Hanley, a former Boras employee, as sources.
The report said agents must register all loans over $500 with the players’ union, and that a union representative wouldn’t comment on whether these loans were registered.
In a statement to the Times, Boras acknowledged aiding the Salcedo family “in their time of need….and (it’s) something that we’ve done for clients in the past, always consistent with” union rules.
Braves general manager Frank Wren declined comment on the subject Tuesday other than to say: “That’s an issue for (Major League) Baseball to determine if there’s anything there that needs further looking into.”
Salcedo signed with the Braves for $1.6 million in February. He hit .197 in 54 games this season for Class A Rome.