Caught Stealing: Sports Agent Alleges Financial Adviser Poached Star MLB Client for Scott Boras
On May 10, 2019, sports agent Robert Garber of RMG Sports Group LLC brought suit against financial adviser Bruce Lee, wherein he alleges Lee helped the infamous agent Scott Boras poach Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez just in time for Martinez’s big payday.
Specifically, per the complaint, Garber represented Martinez from 2010 until 2017, when Martinez was positioned to enter the free agent market. However, just months before signing a $110 million deal with Boston – all of which is guaranteed in Major League Baseball – Lee allegedly helped Boras lure Martinez away from Garber. Under his representation agreement with Martinez, Garber stood to acquire 5 percent of his new deal, or $5 million.
According to the suit, Boras started reaching out to Martinez once the free agency period was imminent. Upon hearing of Boras’ interest, Lee allegedly began to use “Martinez as his bait” to “get a foothold into the lucrative list of baseball clients represented by Scott Boras.”