Japanese infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda has hired the Legacy Agency’s Peter Greenberg to represent him\ this winter, via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker (on Twitter). The 32-year-old is a career .277/.325/.477 hitter in Japan and is capable of handling second base and third base, from a defensive standpoint. Matsuda has drawn some interest from the Padres already.
A few other agency updates of recent note…
- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson is now represented by Excel Sports, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this week (via Twitter). The 26-year-old Dickerson has battled injuries over the past year but offers a promising bat to add to a typically potent Rockies offense, having batted .299/.345/.534 in 265 big league games. Though he’s just shy of Super Two status by a month or so, Dickerson will be arbitration eligible next offseason. Excel has previously negotiated extensions for young outfielders Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward and Alex Gordon, although only Gordon’s bought out free agent years among that trio. Of course, Dickerson may not want to talk long-term deal until he builds his stock back up with a healthy season.
- Yankees prospect Gary Sanchez is now a client of the newly formed Magnus Sports, joining Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, reports MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes (on Twitter). Sanchez gives the new joint venture with Praver/Shapiro a high-profile catching prospect to add to its ranks. Sanchez could break through to the Majors in the near future on the heels of a strong showing in Triple-A and the Arizona Fall League this year, though he’s blocked, to an extent, in New York by the presence of Brian McCann.
- Jonah Keri of ESPN tweeted today that agent Steve Rath has also been added to the Ballengee Group, and Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart has followed him to the new agency. While he’s a couple of years from arbitration eligibility, Barnhart looks to be the team’s backup catcher to Devin Mesoraco for the foreseeable future.
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