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On To The Next One: Jose Valverde

Jose Valverde is in the midst of one of his best seasons in his 8 year Major League career.  His ERA is below 3.00 and he is a perfect 17-for-17 in save opportunities.  He will need to continue to be Mr. Reliable in the 2nd half of the season if the Detroit Tigers hope to hold on to any chance of making the playoffs in 2011.

At 33-years-old, the always animated Valverde should still have many years left in him.  His 2011 salary is $7 million and he is hoping that he will make a lot more of that kind of money before he has to retire.  To that end, Valverde has picked up new representation, switching from Praver Shapiro Sports Management to Proformance, Inc.

The last time we covered Proformance, Inc. we discussed Barry Enright’s switch from Legacy Sports to Proformance.

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.