Agent Wants $810K From MLB Prospect’s Father
A&F Sports Agency, a Florida based sports agency, is suing the father of Luis Almanzar, the top baseball prospect from the Dominican Republic. The sports agent claims that the parties agreed to have the agency exclusively represent the prospect in all contract negotiations, yet the agency found out that another agent negotiated a contract between the Almanzars and the San Diego Padres. As a result, A&F Sports Agency missed out on approximately $810,000 – 20 per cent of any signing bonus – per the player representation agreement.
According to the agency, it had represented Almanzar as early as 2014. The agency claims to have spoken to MLB scouts, provided the prospect with baseball equipment, arranged showcasing events and even helped him academically. Earlier, the agency claims it had spoken with the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers on Almanzar’s behalf. However in March, the agency caught wind that the father, Jose Luis Amanzar, may have involved others in the representation of his son. The sports agency was shocked to learn that the shortstop had signed with the Padres and received a $4.05 million signing bonus. The agency is claiming a breach of contract and filed suit in Broward County. With his young age of 16, it will take some time before Luis Almanzar reaches the majors.