3:00pm: Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle points out that Bregman’s departure from Klutch coincides with last week’s announcement that Uninterrupted, a film production company co-founded by fellow Klutch client LeBron James, is creating a documentary exploring the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in 2017. Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway has more on the forthcoming docuseries.
12:56pm: Star Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is seeking new representation, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Once a change is made, it’ll be reflected in MLBTR’s Agency Database.
This is an interesting move for a variety of reasons (no, not related to trashcan-banging schemes). For one thing, while player movement between agencies is hardly unusual, it’s rare that we see reporting of a “free agent” in search of a new rep.
Bregman is not just any ballplayer, either. The 26-year-old has just kept improving and was undeniably one of the best in the sport in 2019.
Other teams won’t have a chance to lure the Houston stalwart for some time. Bregman is under contract through 2024 under the deal worked out by his now-former agent, Brodie Scoffield, which covered five seasons (beginning in 2020) and guaranteed $100MM. At the time of the pact, Scoffield had recently left the Legacy Agency to form his own outfit, Tidal Sports Group. He brought Bregman and other major clients with him. Legacy was later acquired by GSE Worldwide.
Bregman was the crown jewel of the client list when hoops powerhouse Klutch Sports bought Tidal earlier this year, although there’s been a good bit of turmoil surrounding that firm in recent weeks. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted recently that an arbitrator ruled Klutch/Scoffield will be required to split agent fees 50-50 with GSE for not only Bregman but other clients including Marcus Stroman, Kevin Gausman and Keston Hiura over the next five years.
The role that said arbitration hearing played in Bregman’s departure from the firm isn’t known at this time. Regardless, he’s sure to be pursued widely by virtually every agency in the game. Even though he’s currently signed through 2024, Bregman will still be up for a new contract in advance of the 2025 campaign — his age-31 season. And so long as he maintains his all-around excellence, the Astros may eventually hold some degree of interest in hammering out another long-term deal to retain him into his mid-30s.