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09-21

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An Agent's Take: On Tebow
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Joshua Kusnick

09-12

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An Agent's Take: This Is A Futures Game
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Joshua Kusnick

07-07

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An Agent's Take: Three 2016 Draft Stories
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Joshua Kusnick

06-29

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An Agent's Take: A Sense of Where You Are
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Joshua Kusnick

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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Joshua Kusnick

01-11

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An Agent's Take: The Game of Memories
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Joshua Kusnick

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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Joshua Kusnick

12-21

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An Agent's Take: The Patience of Job
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Joshua Kusnick

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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11

An Agent's Take: The Old Reliable
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Joshua Kusnick

09-09

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12

An Agent's Take: The Makeup Mark-Up
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Joshua Kusnick

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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Joshua Kusnick

05-21

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17

An Agent's Take: An Offer
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Joshua Kusnick

04-30

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20

An Agent's Take: The Luckiest Accidents
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Joshua Kusnick

04-15

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11

An Agent's Take: A New Season In Agentland
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Joshua Kusnick

03-19

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14

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

03-11

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18

An Agent's Take: The Last Free Agents Signed
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Joshua Kusnick

03-03

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21

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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18

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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Joshua Kusnick

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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Joshua Kusnick

11-11

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An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align
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Joshua Kusnick

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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Joshua Kusnick

03-02

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An Agent's Take: Crisis Management
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Joshua Kusnick

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September 21, 2016 6:26 am

An Agent's Take: On Tebow

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Joshua Kusnick

Tim Tebow is a longshot who is taking the spot of another longshot.

I woke up Monday morning to the sounds of helicopters and news trucks here in St Lucie, Florida. The New York Mets’ instructional league started this week. I’ve had clients attend in the past, but this year none of my clients are going. By now you know one player who is, though: Tim Tebow, the former Heisman-winning quarterback turned NFL quarterback impersonator. The Mets signed him a couple weeks ago for $100,000 after he performed at a scouts workout—have you heard about this? Have you heard that Donald Trump is running for president? Have you heard that beef comes from cows? I have all sorts of hot news scoops.

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Most great success stories start with a guy that a few people decide to believe in.

Last we spoke, Carlos Asuaje was going to the Futures Game, and he had as good a showing by a client as I have ever been able to witness as an agent. This was my fourth one—Tabata in ’06, Valiquette in ’10, Pompey in ’14 and now Asuaje—and it’s always a show. It’s like a midseason winter meetings, where all 30 teams are in one building, and working and networking is part of the deal. Most importantly, Carlos had a couple hits in front of his future hometown crowd, and I got to take his family to an absinthe bar downtown.

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The agent who hates the draft ends up, almost by accident, with three draftees.

As many of my wonderful readers know, I absolutely loathe the draft process from the agent’s perspective. I hate recruiting. I hate the BS. I hate the lies between the teams and players, the intentional ones and the more subtle avoidances of truth. I hate watching kids fall in the draft. The only good things about the draft are when the player is selected and when the draft is over.

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On making the most of where you go.

A few weeks ago I was in Miami, and then Atlanta, following the Brewers so I could watch Jeremy Jeffress throw. Miami was uneventful—he did not throw in the entire series—but Atlanta was a fun trip. JJ hit 98 once, had a couple good outings and I was glad to have spent time with him. This has been such a rewarding season, and I still think the best is yet to come for JJ.

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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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Joshua Kusnick

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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Joshua Kusnick

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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