We have revamped our agency database! The database is now mobile-friendly, so you can search for players’ agencies from your phone. You can search by player name or by agency.
The universe of players in this database is anyone who played in the Majors in the previous three completed seasons, which right now means 2018-20. Once this season ends, it’ll become 2019-21. We have agency info for many players, and we’ll continue to do our best to keep it up-to-date. If you work for an agency and one of your players is blank or incorrect, please drop us a line at email@example.com.
You may also recall that in October, I decided to stop doing posts on agency changes on MLBTR, with the exception of significant national stories. We are still monitoring agency-related news and we will be entering changes into the database.
The agency database is available for all MLBTR readers. Check it out today!
i enjoy having the agency to know what agencies represent players
Age and sea are the only things that keep me from being in Scotland.
For the last 5 years I’ve been picking Belly Button lint to create a statue of Mike Trout.
So, I’m genuinely curious — what’s the use of this database? I’m not trying to be snarky, but is there a reason baseball fans would look up the agent of an arbitrary ballplayer? It’s never crossed my mind to check.
These are exactly my thoughts and questions, too.
I find it interesting only in the sense that you can see who the players are REALLY playing for. Sure, Joe Jones plays for the Yankees, but really only tangentially. Their real interest is in themselves, and their agents play a large part in that.
And yes, “team” means something, but only in rare circumstances; playoff pushes, etc. For the most part, players don’t care where they are in the standings. That’s not a criticism; MLB players are like commissioned sales people. Sure, they want their “office” (team) to do well, but it’s not a huge “want”. Mikey Lowell said it best (he usually does): “I always thought I was playing to impress all of MLB; my team was secondary”.
Why do you present it as either-or? They can play and be loyal to their team as well as recognize they’re playing for themselves and their next contract. One of the most common statements from players about what they miss in retirement is the camaraderie, the bond of the club house. They almost assuredly have more loyalty to their teams than the average person has to their employer. Players mostly don’t end up leaving their teams; it’s the teams that leave them by cutting them, trading them or not paying them market value for their short careers.
Everybody who retires “misses the people”….and I have no idea why you assert that players have more loyalty to their teams than the average person has to their employer; it’s hard to envision a world where that is true.
In the days when MOST players earned about the same, there was more camaraderie; lots of guys in the same boat. But with the current income disparities, it’s hard to feel warm and fuzzy about a teammate who makes 3 times what you do and couldn’t throw to the right cutoff guy without a roadmap.
The thing I like about this database is to find out all the players an agent represents, all you have to do is click on the agent’s name and you have your list. Let’s say you’re curious about all the players Boras represents–a few clicks and boom, you have the list.
Maybe this database isn’t your cup of tea. No one will get their feelings hurt if you want nothing to do with it.
Nicely done, Tim!
It’s of value. Not uncommon that I’ll click on over to B-R when a player’s pending free agency is discussed to see who represents him. Certain agencies have certain tendencies. Having a searchable database is helpful.
Certain agencies are more or less likely to do contract extensions, and some have certain approaches toward free agency and arbitration. There are relationships between agencies and front offices that have an impact. And there are agent-reporter relationships that have a major effect on what is reported and how.
Wow sounds like a whole new set of sabermetrics based on agency now 😛
I find it interesting that I can find out that CC Sabathia’s wife Amber has recently become a player agent with CAA. CC himself was never represented by them. No doubt he will play a huge role in providing guidance towards her new career.
This database isn’t for the casual fan. I like it when I want to delve more into the business side of baseball and try to understand players’ motivations for new contracts.
I’d like a database on what they eat for breakfast. I want to know who’s had their Wheaties.
Breakfast envy….oh brother!
We could even drill down to what they pour on their Wheaties: whole milk, 2%, skim, almond milk?
Looks like a good resource for people who have an interest in that information.
I don’t mean to disparage the site, since I love MLBTradeRumors; however, I’ve never understood why any casual or even serious baseball fan would care which agency a player is represented by. Oh sure, I suppose we sometimes want to know if a guy works with Scott Boras. But even then, does it really matter that much?
MLBTR should do a compilation post of all miscellanea that have occurred in the past few weeks: minor league signings, agency changes, minor league injuries, etc…
Agency changes, like minor league transactions, are not *totally* useless information, they just aren’t important enough that each instance needs its own article. I do still like the update if it concerns my team.
As an example
Aaron Apple was put on the AA 15-day IL
Brett Bacon was traded to the (Pirates Minor League Team)
Charles Chicken terminated his relationship with Scott Boras and is now represented by Roc Nation