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On To The Next One: Ervin Santana

September 30, 2012; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

Major League Baseball pitcher Ervin Santana is back to being represented by Bean Stringfellow at baseball agency Proformance.  This is his second stint with Stringfellow, whom he left in June to become a client of Wasserman Media Group.  However, Santana returned to Stringfellow (and colleague Jay Alou), prior to the recent announcement that Santana was traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Kansas City Royals.  The Angels received minor league relief pitcher Brandon Sisk and cash considerations in return for the former all-star.

Santana has 96 wins in the majors and is only 29-years-old.  In response to the trade, Stringfellow said, “He’s happy, but it’s mixed emotions.  This has been talked about in print for quite a while so he’s had a chance to prepare himself.  But at the same time, he was signed as an amateur coming out of the Dominican Republic and it’s the only organization he’s known, so from that regard, it’s got to be a little bit of a disappointment, I guess. But when I talked to him, he was genuinely excited.”

Santana will cause excitement at Proformance if he can put together a strong 2013 campaign, because he is set to hit the free agent market in 2014, and could place himself in a position for a contract with an average salary in the 8-digit range.

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.