Jody Gerut retired two years ago following a six-season MLB career that was wrecked by injuries and now he’s an agent.
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com wrote a nice profile of Gerut, who talked about initially mismanaging his signing bonus as a second-round draft pick and how he wants to help other players avoid the same fate.
Gerut played college ball at Stanford and was frequently touted as one of the smartest, most interesting players in baseball, so not surprisingly he often gave advice to teammates. And then he called it quits at age 33 after earning around $5 million.
“My life’s work has become the reduction of athlete bankruptcy down to zero percent,” Gerut told Castrovince. “As much as I want to be an agent that pushes the market appropriately, I also want my identity to be the anti-bankruptcy agent.”
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.