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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Small World


Joshua Kusnick

Client poaching, Instagram, hunting gear endorsements, and the rest of the things that a small agency thinks about.

July was a very satisfying month. A couple months ago, I wrote about going through the free agent process with my client, Jeremy Jeffress. Late in July, Jeremy was added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster and called up to the big leagues again. In his first outing, against Cincinnati, his first pitch was clocked at 98. His last was 101. The outing went as well as it possibly could have and Jeremy has since thrown 8 2/3 innings while allowing only one run. When the Brewers came to Tampa and I got to catch up in person with Jeremy for the first time since April, Adam McCalvey caught a great moment in my career:

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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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November 27, 2013 6:00 am

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


Joshua Kusnick

An agent's look at endorsements and baseball card contracts, and a remembrance of Michael Weiner.

Joshua Kusnick is an MLBPA-certified agent who periodically writes about his experiences representing professional players. You can subscribe to his podcast on iTunes, and he can be reached via email at JoshuaKusnick@aol.com and on Twitter @JoshuaKusnick.

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Ben and Sam discuss Jay Z's potential to be a new kind of agent, and whether they'd want to be one of his clients.

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