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Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports agency acquires Tidal Sports Group

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Super-agent Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports has bought Tidal Sports Group, an agency run by Brodie Scoffield. Tidal’s clients include Alex Bregman, Marcus Stroman, Keston Hiura, and Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic. Tidal will become Klutch’s baseball operation, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Klutch’s entry into the baseball realm is potentially landscape-altering. Paul has made a name for himself by representing LeBron James and being one of the biggest power brokers in the NBA. He and James orchestrated the rebirth of the Lakers.

The Klutch brand could appeal to baseball players as a potential vehicle to the level of celebrity enjoyed by basketball players. Tidal’s client list is quite small when compared to the breadth of the operations run by The Boras Corporation and CAA, but its current clients could be the key to why it was targeted. Bregman and Stroman both have somewhat sizable social media presences and are dynamic personalities (although Bregman has gone somewhat quiet since the Houston cheating scandal began), and play on teams in large markets. Bregman used to be active on YouTube, and Stroman has a merchandising business. Kelenic retaining Tidal’s services is also interesting, given that he has the potential to be a star.

It seems possible that Klutch could pitch itself as a ticket to fame and influence, a vehicle through which players can boost their images where the league has failed to do so. Paul does not necessarily need to challenge Scott Boras, as he’s already a very wealthy man, but it will be fascinating to see how Klutch’s entrance into baseball impacts the game.

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Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.