Jiwan James’s Agent Spotlights Minor League Free Agency and Minor League Life

In an article today on Baseball Prospectus Jiwan James’s Agent Joshua Kusnick laid out the offseason for a minor league free agent from his agent’s perspective.  He uses James’s offseason as his example, and it forms a really interesting narrative and rare look behind the curtain at minor league life.  The article is free so you have no excuse not to read it.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22236

About Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has previously appeared on Phuture Phillies and The Good Phight. You can read his work at Phillies Minor Thoughts

6 thoughts on “Jiwan James’s Agent Spotlights Minor League Free Agency and Minor League Life

  1. Im not sure I would say Jiwan was on the fast track . I like him and realize he lost some time due to injury, but that happens often enough however his ability to man CF with his canon like arm make him atleast interesting
    good article though

  2. Excellent article. Every year there is so much discussion on this board about many of the things discussed in this article. The most interesting part is about how most minor league players make peanuts. Many have to take full time off season jobs. Sometimes we forget about that. A College Senior can get a tiny signing bonus. He makes nearly nothing in the lower levels of the organization (or at most levels in the org.). He could probably move fast if he could spend the offseason working on certain things (mechanics, arm strength, swing, fitness etc) but he might have to work 40, 50 or 60 hours a week to feed himself or a family. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to “work” on things. How many players have not been able to reach their full potential because they can’t devote their entire life to baseball? I’ll certainly try to keep that in mind when someone lambasts a player for not making an expected jump in levels. Larry Greene Jr. doesn’t fit this mold. He got his large signing bonus and has wasted his opportunities so far. Note: Lambast is probably too harsh a word because most people on this site are respectful to the long shots and the underdogs who make up most of a teams minor league rosters.

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