Apr
16

A Review Of Roc Nation’s Recent Past Working With Robinson Cano

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a sacrifice fly during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Seattle won 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

“Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me.” Those are lyrics rapped in Jay Z’s song “Crown” from his album, Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail. Indeed, Jay Z backed his lyrics, signing Robinson Cano as his first major client in 2013. After the signing, Boras mocked Jay Z’s Roc Nation…
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Mar
18

Baseball Prospectus, Issues Concerning Athletes And MiCamp To Host Celebrity Bartending Night

What: Fourth Annual Celebrity Bartending Night When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 (9:00-11:00 p.m.) Where: American Junkie Bar (4363 N 75th St, Scottsdale AZ, 85255) Baseball Prospectus, Issues Concerning Athletes, and MiCamp will host the fourth annual “Celebrity Bartending Night.” Adding to the excitement of this year’s event is renowned play-by-play announcer Daron Sutton, who will…
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Feb
19

Ryan Dempster’s Decision Reflects A Respected MLB Career

Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster walks along Boylston Street during the World Series parade and celebration. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster walked away from the game of baseball for physical reasons and based on his desire to spend more time with his kids. Although Dempster still could pitch, he didn’t believe that he was capable of producing at a level he was accustomed to during his 16-year…
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Jan
28

MDR Sports Management Aggressively Grows Its Latin American Client Base To 71 Baseball Players

MDR Sports Management

MDR Sports Management, a full-service sports management firm representing baseball player with a specialization in Latin American players, has signed a seven new baseball players as clients in the past six months.  The addition of those seven players means that MDR’s current client base has reached a total of seventy-one players under contract with the…
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Jan
22

Yankees Land Stud Japanese Pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka

(Photo credit: AP)

Earlier today, the New York Yankees announced it signed Masahiro Tanaka to an unprecedented seven-year, $155 million contract. This is the fifth richest contract for a pitcher in MLB history. The deal should come as no surprise to baseball fans and MLB teams after Tanaka selected Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to represent him.…
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Dec
29

On To The Next One: Jordany Valdespin

New York Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin (1) reacts after hitting solo home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Mets, 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The name Jordany Valdespin should certainly ring a bell.  Valdespin served a 50-game suspension for his role in the recent Biogenesis PED scandal, which eventually resulted in the suspension of 13 players. Not to mention, the second baseman/outfielder also recently changed agents, switching from ACES to Metis Sports Management, an agency that dropped its football…
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Dec
17

On To The Next One: L.J. Hoes

Houston Astros right fielder L.J. Hoes (28) is congratulated by center fielder Brandon Barnes (2) after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

New York-based Excel Sports Management saw a recent loss on its client roster as Houston Astros OF, L.J. Hoes, switched to Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, Hoes played in just 47 games this past season between Baltimore and Houston.  The…
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Nov
25

New Yankees Catcher Brian McCann Set For Life With The Help Of Agent B.B. Abbott

B.B. Abbott with Chipper Jones.

The New York Yankees desperately needed a catcher, so the club went out and got one in the early stages of free agency.  And the team paid a pretty penny for him.  Multiple reports have highlighted the Yankees’ signing of former Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann to a 5-year, $85 million contract that contains a…
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Nov
11

On To The Next One: James Loney

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning of game three of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

First baseman James Loney has made a change of representation, switching from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to The Legacy Agency.  Loney was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and made his professional debut with the club in 2006.  In 2012, he played for the Boston Red Sox and in 2013 enjoyed a successful season with…
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Oct
16

Baseball Winter League Agreement Puts New Restrictions On Players Seeking To Play In The Caribbean

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) hits a grand slam during the eighth inning in game two of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Winter Ball is a great opportunity for baseball players to stay sharp during the offseason by playing for teams in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico.  When I was a baseball agent, I placed multiple clients in Puerto Rico’s Winter League, and each of those players cherished the opportunity to build on their existing…
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