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