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Wade Davis’ $12.6 Million Pre-Arbitration Contract With The Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays fear arbitration.  The club is one of the few teams that employs a “file-and-trial” strategy once it and one of its players exchange figures leading up to an arbitration hearing, which means that if numbers are exchanged, there will be no settlement pre-hearing.  The Rays do this to dissuade players and […]

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Scott Boras Is Advising Future Potential #1 Overall Draft Pick, Anthony Rendon

College baseball season officially began this month, which means it is not too early to start talking about who current college baseball players have chosen as their advisors for the upcoming 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Most MLB Mock Drafts (there are not nearly as many on the internet as what exists for the NFL, […]

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The Man Who Helped Mike Napoli Sign For Above Midpoint

If you are not a baseball agent who has ever had to prepare for an arbitration hearing, you have probably never heard of Marc Rubin…unless, of course, you were a Sports Agent Blog reader in September 2010, when I wrote about the co-owner of RayRubin Sports Analysts.  Very few agents have a Mathematics background.  Even fewer […]

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The File-And-Trial Arbitration Teams Sign Their Players

119 MLB players filed for salary arbitration.  The deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures leading up to a possible hearing has officially past.  The 3 teams known for implementing a file-and-trial strategy (exchange salary figures and we are going to a hearing, no matter what), have all avoided a potential arbitration hearing. […]

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Matt Sosnick Has Been Busy Making Moves

Matt Sosnick is a good friend of this blog.  He was a subject of an Interview with the Agent in April of 2007, and in March 2009, he answered your questions regarding draft expectations, how to make contacts with people in the sports agent business, and recruiting tactics.  Wedged in between, in 2008, Sosnick spoke […]

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On To The Next One: Zack Greinke

Prior to this past weekend, Zack Greinke was represented by baseball powerhouse SFX.  Many believe that Greinke was frustrated with being “stuck” in Kansas City, and made a switch to a new agency with the hope that it would possibly cause the Royals organization to move him to a new team.  Greinke switched to Jeff […]

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Discussion Of 2011 Major League And Minor League Minimum Salaries

Yesterday, it was announced that the Major League Baseball minimum salary in the 2011 Championship Season will be $414,000. It is a $14,000 raise over the 2010 minimum. Article VI of the 2007-2011 MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement (referred to as the “Basic Agreement”) deals with player salaries.  Specifically, Section B of the Article contemplates Minimum […]

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Did Taxes Have A Role In Cliff Lee’s Decision?

Monday’s post about Cliff Lee’s taxes created quite an interesting discussion in the comments section.  Off of the site, I had a good conversation with Robert Raiola, a CPA at Van Duyne, Behrens & Co., P.A. Raiola helps many athletes with their taxes and provided great insight to Darren Rovell of CNBC in his piece on Cliff Lee […]

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Cliff Lee Thinking About Texas Taxes

It would be silly for Cliff Lee and his team of advisors to not take into consider the tax consequences of signing a long-term contract.  Lee is looking to sign a 7-year contract, which will lock him up in a certain locale, where he will play all of his home games and likely be taxed […]

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Does Scott Boras Ever Feel Conflicted?

I started reading the website HardballTalk a couple of weeks ago, after a partner at the law firm I am working at told me that it is one of his favorite places to go to find baseball information.  Since then, I have been hooked.  I especially enjoy it when Craig Calcaterra, a former lawyer, talks […]