“It’s the way I was brought up,” Jered Weaver said. “If $85 million is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of my family, then you’re stupid. I play baseball for the love of the game, for the competitive part of it.”
I’m sure the Baseball Players Association is not happy. And, agent Scott Boras is even less happy.
“He knows his value,” Boras said. “He knows not becoming a free agent would cost him millions and millions of dollars. But the necessity to stay home was compelling.”
Sounds a bit like Cliff Lee who made a lifetime of fans in Philadelphia after spurning the Yankees and its millions of dollars to play with the nicer fans (at least as his wife thought) in Philly.
Angels fans were almost sure that Weaver was on his way to test the free agent market in 2012 as most Boras’ clients end up getting maximum dollars in doing so. But, apparently Weaver is a bit of a rare bird in today’s baseball business when it comes to money.
Did Weaver, who is 78-45 with a 3.30 career ERA in six seasons, go against the advice of his agent to sign with the Angels?
“Scott (Boras) is who he is,” Weaver said. “A lot of people know him to go out there and get the most, but I told him money wasn’t an option for me. I’m very secure with what I have here. It was my decision. He showed me what options are, I told him I wanted to be an Angel, to stay in Southern California and be comfortable, and he worked with that. It didn’t take too much twisting of arms to get this done.”
Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Jered Weaver — As for Jered Weaver, he is, quite simply, a stud starting pitcher. He puts up outstanding numbers every year and is in the category of the best in the business along with Sabathia, Halladay, and Lee. Had Weaver accepted a job with a National League team, his stats would have been even more staggering in 2012.
Weaver has already tossed 188.1 innings this year and sports a nifty 0.97 WHIP and 2.10 ERA. Opponents are batting just .207 versus Weaver and he has logged 158 K’s and 14 wins. Clearly, 2011 is his best season ever and the guy is in the prime of his career at age 28.
Don’t expect to get Jered Weaver under value, however, in your fantasy baseball league. In the fantasy game, it doesn’t work that way.