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On To The Next One: Jose Iglesias

Detroit Tigers third baseman Jose Iglesias (1) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has signed with baseball agent Scott Boras. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The regular day-to-day shortstop for the Detroit Tigers is suspended.  Jhonny Peralta was given a 50-game ban due to his purported involvement with the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic.  But the Tigers are not in terrible shape.  That is because the team was able to pull off a trade that brought Cuban-born shortstop José Iglesias on board.  Now Iglesias is the everyday shortstop in Detroit.

And Iglesias is not only on to a new city (formerly being with the Boston Red Sox); he is also on to a new agent.  The shortstop praised for his defense is now represented by Scott Boras.  He was formerly represented by SFX Baseball, a division of Relativity Sports.

Iglesias’ move is an example of a player going from one high-profile agency to another.  It is less common than a player gaining influence and switching from a boutique agency to a major firm.  However, these types of moves often occur in close proximity to a change in a player’s disposition — typically close to free agency.  Here we have a player traded to a new team, become an instant starter and seek a new agent.

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.