For all the joy that I receive as an agent for very talented athletes, I also feel their pain when at some point in their career, they are told that there is no longer a spot for them on a given team’s roster. My job is to do everything I can do help out players on their rise, but to also take care of them if things are not going so well. Luckily, I am backed by a great group of individuals as Dynasty Athlete Representation, LLC, who are very well connected in the industry, and able to find opportunities for our clients who may have heard news that their services are no longer needed on the team that they have worked for in the past.
In the past week, many Major League Baseball organizations have released players. They do this, for the most part, to leave room for players that they will be drafting in the Rule 4 draft this Summer. With 50 rounds of picks, including potential picks in supplemental rounds, and most teams using up each of those slots to draft players (even though not all players actually sign), it is understandable that space needs to be made. As an agent, you just hope that it is not your client who will be brought into the office to hear that he is being let go.
But again, it is part of the business, and something we must accept and not ruminate about. Upon hearing from a client who was just released, we have a conversation that focuses on whether the player wants to continue to play professional ball, whether he is willing to play in an Independent League to get seen by MLB-affiliated scouts, and if we can help the player out in any other way.
This year, we had a total of six players released from their respective organizations. Some were real shockers based on what we had been told by management and based on their performances in Spring Training. But there are a lot of factors involved in the decision making on the team side, and it is not my responsibility to worry about what goes on in their minds or question their decisions. Instead, for the players who expressed that they were willing to play Indie Ball to continue to show their skill, we went to work, talking to teams who might be interested in their services. Fortunately, at this point, we have been able to place every single player that we had released, who had also told us that they definitely want to continue to play. One of our guys is going to hang up the cleats and see if he can find a good job scouting.
I know what it is like from the agent side. If you want to read about it from the player’s side, I suggest reading this post by Garrett Broshuis. A lot of the guys who get cut are more than just names; they are good people. Hopefully they are successful from that point on. And hopefully they have agents who will stay by their side through the good and the bad times.
This was originally published on Sports Agent Blog.