A few days ago, it was first reported that Nick Swisher left long time Cincinnati, Ohio based agent, Joe Bick of Pro Star Management, Inc for Scott Boras. Part of that was correct. Swisher did leave Bick, but actually left him for Dan Lozano. Lozano has not slept much lately; the only thing on his mind is today’s noon deadline for the St. Louis Cardinals to sign his client Albert Pujols to a long-term contract. Well maybe not the only thing, as he is also likely busy fielding calls from teams interested in another one of his clients, Michael Young.
Swisher has already been taken off of Bick’s website. His client list also includes New York Yankee Brett Gardner, and his biggest client is Boston Red Sox great Kevin Youkilis. Losing Swish has to sting. He is not only a great player, but he has created a great following on Twitter, which could translate to huge marketing opportunities, especially if the Yankees are fighting for another championship next year. While baseball agents typically take 4-5% commissions on team contracts, marketing cuts typically range between 15-25%. No word on whether Lozano will direct Swisher’s marketing campaign as well.