Jody Gerut is an agent now and wants to help athletes avoid bankruptcy

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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.”

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.