Apr
24

Baseball Agent Jamie Murphy Opened Up To Buster Olney About His Practice

Apr. 12, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (21) singles to left against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to baseball agent Jamie Murphy, Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was approached by the Orioles about a year before his current deal was reached. Photo Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Buster Olney recently chatted with baseball agent Jamie Murphy of TWC Sports on his Baseball Tonight podcast.

Notes from the podcast:

  • Murphy represents Nick Markakis, Mark Ellis, David Aardsma and others.
  • Murphy currently lives in Vermont.
  • Murphy is the father of two little boys.
  • About living in Vermont, Murphy said, “this day and age, you can work from anywhere, so we’re trying.”
  • How did Murphy get into the agent business?  He went to law school at Boston College and represented a few players in the Canadian Football League to get some experience.  He managed to turn that into an internship at an agency.  He says it did take him a while to get his career going.  “I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I wanted to be a sports agent.”
  • Murphy said that in any sport, a young agent should lean on the players’ association for assistance.
  • The type of assistance from a players’ association varies.  Murphy says that in a straight arbitration case, the players’ association is going to help, wants to be involved and needs to be involved.
  • He said, “As an agent, you have a lot of information that you have to sort through.”
  • Murphy says he typically waits for General Managers to reach out to him to talk about long term deals for clients.
  • He describes himself as a very easygoing guy.
  • The longest negotiation he had was for Nick Markakis.  The Orioles approached him about a year before a deal was reached.
  • All of Murphy’s clients want to be educated on their negotiations.  They sometimes want updates two-to-three times per day.
  • Murphy says he works more off of referrals at this point of his career, but admits that he used to be a fairly aggressive recruiter.  For him, aggressive meant a handful of guys per year.  Now he does not reach out to more than two-to-three guys per year.
  • Murphy says there seems to be a lot more players changing agents and client stealing in basketball and football.  He believes it is not nearly as big of a problem in baseball and thinks that oftentimes players leave inexperienced agents for more experienced ones.