http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/6889644/jered-weaver-bucks-scott-boras-advice-new-los-angeles-angels-dealANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver admits he had to go against the advice of agent Scott Boras before agreeing to the Los Angeles Angels' five-year, $85 million contract extension, but he said the lure of staying home outweighed the seduction of greater riches.
"If $85 (million) is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of families then I'm pretty stupid, but how much money do you really need in life?" Weaver said Tuesday. "I've never played this game for the money. I played it for the love and the competitive part of it. It just so happens that baseball's going to be taking care of me for the rest of my life."
Weaver, 28, may have left tens of millions on the table by signing 15 months before he reached free agency. He might have been able to get a deal that approaches the seven-year, $161 million contract CC Sabathia signed with the New York Yankees before the 2009 season.
However, Weaver's deal is comparable to recent contracts for Detroit's Justin Verlander and Seattle's Felix Hernandez, and it's bigger than Boston's deal with John Lackey, who left the Angels before last season for a five-year, $82.5 million windfall that's still drawing criticism from Red Sox fans. Weaver said he just wasn't interested in chasing "CC Sabathia money."
I wish more players would do this. #IamlookingatyouPrince