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 Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: