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Michael Inoa Slaughters International Signing Bonus Record

Michael InoaWould you pay $4.25 million for a 6’7 205 lbs 16-year old pitcher who can throw 95 mph?  I would strongly consider purchasing the kid so that I could show him around to my friends and instantly become the coolest cat on the block.  But on a serious note, $4.25 million is a serious amount of money for any team to pay a youngster that can only be considered a project.  Out of all teams, the last one that I would have ever predicted to shell out this kind of money is the Oakland Athletics.  Predictions mean nothing.

The international signing period opens tomorrow, but teams not named the Oakland As ought not to bother trying to woo Michael Inoa and his agent, Adam Katz of WMG.  You thought that WMG was just a powerhouse in the world of basketball?  Think again.  Katz has already verbally agreed to a deal with Billy Beane and the As for his client, which includes a $4.25 million signing bonus.  Sorry, Yankees, but the guy known for his Moneyball tactics beat you in one of his rare money-spending moves.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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