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The Phillies reportedly told on an unsigned draft pick for using an agent. Which raises the question: What's the difference between an agent and an advisor?

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After failing to sign him, the Phillies reportedly turned in 2013 fifth-round pick Ben Wetzler for breaking an NCAA rule by using an agent. Kevin Goldstein explained the subtle difference between an agent and an advisor in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on May 16, 2008.

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