Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

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Mark Teixeira called reporters over to his locker this morning to announce that he’s dropped agent Scott Boras, who’s represented Teixeira since he was a first-round pick in 2001.

Teixeira explained the move by saying:

Sometimes, business relationships just run their course. Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be “Scott Boras client.” I want to be Mark Teixeira, baseball player, helping this team win championships. Scott did a great job getting me my contract. I wanted to be in New York from the beginning, and everything that I’ve asked for has come through so far. And from here on out, there’s no reason to worry about the contract. It’s all about winning championships and helping out the community.

It’s unclear why remaining with Boras would have precluded Teixeira from “winning championships and helping out the community,” but Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees first baseman “has contemplated a switch for more than a year, even hiring another agency to handle his off-field charitable efforts.”

Alex Rodriguez also parted ways with Boras last year, but the powerful agent recently lured Robinson Cano away from another agent and the actual monetary loss here doesn’t figure to be particularly significant. As the above quote from Teixeira notes, he’s signed with the Yankees through 2016 thanks to an eight-year, $180 million contract that was negotiated by Boras. The agent’s commission on that massive deal doesn’t change and by the time Teixeira is ready for another contract he’ll be 37 years old, so the potential for a big payday for his next representative is slim.

Still, it’s an interesting move considering Teixeira’s explanation.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.