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05-24

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An Agent's Take: On Poaching, Intentionally and Not
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Joshua Kusnick

05-02

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An Agent's Take: Arizona Surprise
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Joshua Kusnick

01-21

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An Agent's Take: Few and Far Between
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01-11

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An Agent's Take: The Game of Memories
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12-28

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An Agent's Take: The Biggest Year in a Player's (and Agent's) Career
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12-21

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An Agent's Take: The Patience of Job
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12-14

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An Agent's Take: For Some Strange Reason It Had To Be, He Guided Me To Tennessee
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Joshua Kusnick

12-07

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An Agent's Take: The Good Part of Being Traded
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Joshua Kusnick

09-22

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An Agent's Take: The Old Reliable
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09-09

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An Agent's Take: The Makeup Mark-Up
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08-04

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An Agent's Take: Serendipitous Spectatorship
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Joshua Kusnick

06-08

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An Agent's Take: The Maddening Tale Of Manuel Barreda
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05-21

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An Agent's Take: An Offer
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04-30

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An Agent's Take: The Luckiest Accidents
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Joshua Kusnick

04-15

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An Agent's Take: A New Season In Agentland
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03-19

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An Agent's Take: What A Comeback Takes
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Joshua Kusnick

03-11

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An Agent's Take: The Last Free Agents Signed
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03-03

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An Agent's Take: How To Get An Autograph Without Losing Your Soul
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Joshua Kusnick

02-17

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An Agent's Take: The Joy of the Trade
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Joshua Kusnick

02-10

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An Agent's Take: So, Your Kid Might Get Drafted
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Joshua Kusnick

02-04

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An Agent's Take: The Unusual Business of Minor-League Product Endorsements
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Joshua Kusnick

01-05

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An Agent's Take: The Things You Think About Before Your 43rd Surgery
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Joshua Kusnick

12-23

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An Agent's Take: Gettin' Lucky at the Winter Meetings
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12-02

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An Agent's Take: Advice For The Teenaged Rumors Reporters
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Joshua Kusnick

11-20

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An Agent's Take: When the Smallest Transactions are the Biggest
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11-11

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An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align
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10-17

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An Agent's Take: The Losses You Never Get Over
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Joshua Kusnick

09-09

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An Agent's Take: So Long, Scout
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Joshua Kusnick

08-14

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An Agent's Take: The Small World
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Joshua Kusnick

07-10

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An Agent's Take: How the Unseen Post-Draft Process Works
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Joshua Kusnick

06-06

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An Agent's Take: When Post-Draft Negotiations Get Strained
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Joshua Kusnick

05-23

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An Agent's Take: Why I Avoid the Draft
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Joshua Kusnick

04-30

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An Agent's Take: How a Player Picks a Team
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Joshua Kusnick

04-03

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An Agent's Take: Spring Training from the Agent's Perspective
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Joshua Kusnick

02-11

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An Agent's Take: Three Ways to Work in Baseball
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Joshua Kusnick

01-30

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An Agent's Take: Navigating Free Agency
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Joshua Kusnick

12-27

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An Agent's Take: An Agent's Winter Meetings Journal
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Joshua Kusnick

11-27

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An Agent's Take: The Art of Making Endorsement Deals
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Joshua Kusnick

11-14

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An Agent's Take: Approaching the Offseason
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Joshua Kusnick

05-04

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An Agent's Take: The Road Isn't Always Easy
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Joshua Kusnick

04-13

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An Agent's Take: Media Relations
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Joshua Kusnick

03-30

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An Agent's Take: Flexible Morality
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Joshua Kusnick

03-16

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An Agent's Take: You Never Know
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03-02

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An Agent's Take: Crisis Management
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Sometimes, doing the right thing means not taking another agent's client. Sometimes, though, doing the right thing means the opposite.

I just spent three days in Miami with Jeremy Jeffress and ran into several agents I knew. Many of them I quite like. A few I do not. One told me it’s "dumb" to tweet about clients because it makes it that much easier for other agents to "poach" my guys. I agree, but I feel like I am an outlier (or crazy, or both). I mean, I’m public enough that everyone knows my guys, and really I stopped caring in 2010. If guys are going to leave me, then they're going to leave. Twitter will not change that. I am going to promote the hell out of my clients and do right by all of them. I can’t live my life worrying about what other agents do.

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Joshua finds a book of interesting stories, then an interesting story in the flesh, as he job takes him to unexpected places.

Since my last column, I have had many opportunities to celebrate during this young season: Jeremy Jeffress is six for six in saves, and in his arb year no less; Steve Clevenger has finally found some stability, on the Mariners’ 25-man roster; Carlos Asuaje is hammering for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, and seems to be right on the verge of making it. It’s been a nice season thus far, beginning with an odd day I spent in Arizona.

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Saying goodbye to one of the good guys around the game.

I celebrated my three-year anniversary the other day, and it occurs to me that I might never have gotten to this point if not for a very good friend. Of course, none of us is where we are now without the support of very good friends. I lost one such friend this week. Juan C. Rodriguez, who had been a Marlins beat writer since 2002, passed away after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. I don’t want to get bogged down in Juan’s passing. It’s too fresh for everyone, and far too painful. Instead, I want to share some memories of my good friend.

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January 11, 2016 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Game of Memories

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Everything becomes a memory.

Baseball is my job. Baseball is a game. Baseball is a business. All of this is true. All of this is my life. Baseball is also, as it is for many of you, much more than that.

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Why 2016 looks to be such a momentous one for Joshua and two of his clients.

There went 2015. Work was, as it always is, a total grind, but this was a tremendously fulfilling year for me, personally and professionally. Some of my clients had tremendous seasons, and some called it a career. There were downs in my family life—my grandmother, the artist Lee Silton, who knew (and perhaps dated!) Meyer Lansky, has been battling cancer. There were also ups—my surgery in January, which I documented here, led to my healthiest year in forever.

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December 21, 2015 6:19 am

An Agent's Take: The Patience of Job

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What Josh looks for in an aspiring young job seeker.

Every year that I attend the winter meetings, I pick one job fair seeker—usually at random—and offer to let him or her tail me around for the week. Last year, my new friend Bryson Asmus stuck to me for four days and ultimately got a job in sales with the Brewers. This year’s experience was very different.

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An agent's journal from this year's winter meetings.

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December 7, 2015 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Good Part of Being Traded

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Joshua Kusnick

Sometimes, bad news means a good opportunity.

The winter meetings start today, and besides preparing for that I’ve had a lot going on: K-Rod was traded, so Jeremy Jeffress is in the mix to be the closer in Milwaukee; Seth Lugo was added to the 40-man roster, and Carlos Asuaje was part of the Craig Kimbrel deal. I had three free agents signed (Jiwan James, Jaye Chapman, and Jim Miller). Which is all to say I haven’t had much time to write, but sometimes the topics write themselves. This one is about Steve Clevenger and the week he has had.

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September 22, 2015 10:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Old Reliable

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On ballplayers and their agents growing up.

The game-attending part of my season ended last week. The Brewers were in to face my hometown Marlins, so I got to spend three wonderful days with one of my favorite people, Jeremy Jeffress. What sort of wild partying does an agent do when he gets to spend three days with a millionaire pro athlete in Key Biscayne? Tax talk! Endorsement deals! Prep for the winter meetings! Setting up meetings in other cities! Discussion about the rising league-minimum salary! It was like the Star Wars prequel scrolls. No lavish parties at LIV or Blue Martini; just a work trip, as it always is, as it always will be.

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September 9, 2015 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Makeup Mark-Up

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An agent explains why good makeup adds so much value to a prospect.

People ask me all the time how I find late-round gems, the sort of players who ultimately overtake higher-round talent and become the more famous names on my client list. Here’s the secret I’ve learned from people far smarter than I am: Everybody in pro ball has talent to a degree, and most big leaguers played against hundreds of guys more talented than them. It’s makeup that separates the ones who make it from the ones who don’t. I’ve made many mistakes in my career, but I would venture to guess that the best decision I ever made was to change the way I ran my business, to change the way I scouted: From around 2011 onward, I didn’t scout for ability anymore, or at least primarily ability. I scouted for makeup. If I could believe in the person, I could believe in the player.

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August 4, 2015 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: Serendipitous Spectatorship

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The games that remind Joshua that baseball's not just a job after all.

The past month took a huge toll on me physically. Work kicked my ass—I had seven clients make MiLB all-star games. Tyler White, whom many of you know from this column, won the Texas League HR derby and was promoted to Triple-A, where he is hitting .372 in his first 24 games. He has a real shot to play in the big leagues this season, and still has more walks than strikeouts in his career. Beyond that I had a draft experience with Justin Garcia, a 21-year-old outfielder who went to the Astros in the 17th round. And, for great measure, I saw Carlos Carrasco nearly throw a no-hitter.

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June 8, 2015 7:03 am

An Agent's Take: The Maddening Tale Of Manuel Barreda

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A young player makes what turns out to be an ill-adviced trip to the Mexican League.

Manny Barreda is a right-handed pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. How he came to be a part of that club this year is one of the strangest stories of my career.

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