Former Angels general manager Billy Eppler has joined the William Morris Endeavor agency, reports FanSided’s Robert Murray (Twitter link). Eppler, who was dismissed by the Angels last year, will now work on the other side of the negotiating table, it seems. Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal further reports that WME has hired agents Jim Murray and Michael Stival, both formerly of Excel Sports Management, adding some more names to their growing baseball practice. WME also hired Kent Matthes from CAA earlier in the year.
While the WME talent agency (formerly WMA before acquiring IMG and rebranding in 2014) has been around for more than a century, the company’s foray into representing baseball players is still relatively fresh. Carlos Correa hired Jon Rosen of WME to represent him back in 2019.
It’s not yet clear which, if any clients from the former agencies of Murray, Stival and Matthes will now be represented under the WME banner, but given the recent spate of hires it seems the firm is intent on rapidly broadening its baseball branch. Whether Eppler will directly represent players moving forward or will work with the agency’s player representatives in another capacity remains to be seen, but for the time being it appears this takes him out of the running for any team-side opportunities that may arise elsewhere in the league.