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February 26, 2010

Zrebiec: Matusz changes agents

Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz has decided to switched agents, hiring CAA Sports as his representation. Matusz, 23, had been represented by Marc Agar, who negotiated the pitcher's contract with the Orioles after they chose the left-hander with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft.

"I was with Marc since high school and he's been nothing but great to me," Matusz said. "We had a great relationship. It was a tough decision. There are a lot of great agencies out there, but I'm excited to move forward with CAA. I'm also happy to have this behind me so I can focus on preparing for the season."

Matusz had five formal meetings with agents before choosing CAA, whose baseball division is headed by Casey Close and whose agency includes Brodie Van Wagenen and Nez Balelo.

Matusz is the third prominent Oriole to switch to CAA over the past couple of years, joining starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and center fielder Adam Jones. CAA represents more than 75 active major leaguers, including Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Ryan Braun and Ryan Zimmerman.

-- Jeff Zrebiec

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:17 PM | | Comments (16)
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"I was with Marc since high school and he's been nothing but great to me,"
Matusz said.

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So much for loyalty eh Brian? Typical of pampered athletes who spend too much time reading their own press clippings.

Stop chiding a gift-horse...could have signed with a guy named Scott.

Oh cmon Typical. You don't know the half of it.

How about he found a better agent and is looking out for himself? Would you tie yourself to a worse agent just to be "loyal"? Of course not. That's dumb business.

I'm loyal.....until I find something better for me. It's a business. It's like. Typical, your a typical idiot

We should also remember it probably has nothing to do with negotiating team contracts - it's not about gouging the O's.

It likely has much more to do with CAA's ability (or his previous agent's inability/inexperience) with marketing and advertising. Many smaller or solo agents will freely admit that they are less able to deal with endorsements. Even the likes of Scott Boras probably hires outside firms to handle his client's deals with corporations.

Matusz had an agent in high school? Just one more thing that's wrong with MLB that jacks up the prices of draft picks. MLB/NCAA Baseball is the only major sport that allows a player to work with an agent and retain college eligibility.

Matusz had an agent in high school? Just one more thing that's wrong with MLB that jacks up the prices of draft picks. MLB/NCAA Baseball is the only major sport that allows a player to work with an agent and retain college eligibility.

Matusz had an agent in high school? Just one more thing that's wrong with MLB that jacks up the prices of draft picks. MLB/NCAA Baseball is the only major sport that allows a player to work with an agent and retain college eligibility.

Josh,

HS players are allowed to work with "advisors," not "agents." Actually, it's currently a big bone of contention. And why shouldn't these HS athletes be allowed to work with agents? If you were negotiating a sizeable bonus/contract at such an age, wouldn't you want advisors on hand? Does the NCAA have the right to unilaterally revoke that privelege? At any rate, it's an interesting subject worth reading up on.

Pete -

What's the significance of this? If he were leaving Boras, OK, maybe it's news. Am I missing something here?

How many thought of Tom Cruise when you read this?

Pete, you had to be thinking of the movie when you wrote this.......

I can see Brian Mat now - 'i just wanna play ball'.... as his old agent withers away.....

I'm sure there's more to this story and I'm betting Matusz is taking the high road. Probably a falling out of sorts.

Why would people assume Matusz is taking the high road here? Because he's an Oriole? Because you want him to do well? For all anyone knows, this guy could be a total piece of shxt! What if the agent being dropped is a great guy? What if the ex agent is taking the high road? What if the ex agent is getting totally hosed?

Do we always have to be such homers?

Business is business.

Speaking of that...

Peter Angelos, please sell the team.

Isn't it obvious to everyone,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Brian wants to get top dollar in five years when he goes to the Yankees or Bosox.....................people wake up , Peter the Great has said he will not pay top dollar for a pitcher to pitch once every five days , they all know this.......................Peter the Great is a force to deal with and they don't want to , end of story............

hey anonymous:

Why would you assume he's not taking the high road? Why would you just assume he's selling out his friend for high dollars?

Do we all always have to be haters? It's real easy to be negative about the Orioles. I'm betting you or I don't know a damn thing about Matusz.

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