I’d like to take a brief moment to note that MLB Trade Rumors will no longer be doing posts when players change agencies. MLBTR readers have consistently ignored those posts, which generally aren’t meaningful for those who don’t work in baseball. This information is also the source of much drama between agents, in which we have little interest. We do intend to make an exception and write a post when an agency change is a significant national story, like when Robinson Cano left Scott Boras for Jay-Z.
We’ve had an agency database for many years now, as it’s useful to our writers and a small subset of our readers. In 2021, I plan to update and maintain this database, make it mobile-friendly, add a change history, and include it as a feature of a Trade Rumors Front Office subscription.
Good to know. Indeed, I would only care if it was a high profile player from my team or one my team could be pursuing in the near future.
I still find the database useful and I think it would be nice to have it mentioned with a link in posts like free agent lists so I can check any player in a single click.
Thanks for the update!
Great idea. Tired of seeing trashy agents stealing trashy clients from other agents. Kind of an ego thing for them to report to you anyway.
Absolutely the right call for the typical change that has no National Enquirer type gossip. Smart to make exceptions on a case by case basis. Besides I if such is relevant, the change could be included in a subsequent story on the player during trade rumors or when a player is contemplating or in free agency.
Wise decision, Tim!
Good move, I’ve been reading for a long time and never stop on those articles
No need for them. Because a player changes agents/agencies doesn’t need a post, but if you had an updated once a month wouldn’t hurt. But for every single change is a bit much. Not many of us follow or care too much. It can be a secondary topic.
Kind of like a secret agent list, then?
The byline for these posts should be just a number.
Like 86? That’s a smart idea.
Secret agent man
Secret agent man
They’ve given you a number
And taken away your name
I see that we are Bonding.
The mob of commenters on those posts finally won haha. Personally I enjoyed the articles but it’s not that big a deal to me.
Good call. I almost didn’t read this article.
Good decision. These posts just wasted space and distracted from real baseball news
Sounds fine, thanks!
Personally, found these reports relevant, and often pointed to other issues other than what agent will stroke what player more aggressively. It might indicate the source of a contentious contract negotiation if the player changes agents, for instance. I vote to keep them – thanks.
Ducky Buckin Fent
I would occasionally read them. The comments usually were of the “who cares” variety. So.
Plus, this clears the deck for you fellas in what is looking like a very busy off-season. 😉
Thanks for the info Tim. I sat here and wondered why agency changes were a big deal the last time I read a post on it but didn’t want to ask and sound negative. I’m glad the database will still be up, and notable changes will be mentioned!