Ask him if, as fans believe, his clients always go to the highest bidder, and he replies, "I'm so glad you asked. Let's see: Alex Fernandez signed for seven or eight million dollars less than he could have gotten elsewhere to stay in Florida. Wilson Alvarez signed for 15 percent less to play in Tampa versus a city in the Northeast. Greg Maddux took 25 percent less by not going to the Yankees in '93 and instead signing with Atlanta. Bernie Williams could have played in Arizona for 100 million but instead stayed in New York for 90 million. Shall I continue?"
After five days in Florida, Boras will spend three days visiting clients in Puerto Rico before returning home to Newport Beach, Calif., and his three children: Natalie, 16, Shane, 14, and Trent, 12. "I've missed two of Natalie's tennis matches," he says with a sigh, sounding wistful and positively benign.
But first he has business in New York City, whose Yankees Boras nakedly admires. "Without Goliaths," he says, "baseball would be the NFL, where you have no idea who's any good until eight games into the season." He doesn't mean to be talking about himself when he adds, "I think Goliaths in sports are wonderful."