June 13, 2021

Jay Bruce Hires Excel Sports Management (MLB Trade Rumors)

Phillies outfielder Jay Bruce has changed representation and is now a client of Excel Sports Management, tweets Robert Murray. He’d previously been repped by Apex Baseball — formerly known as Sosnick, Cobbe and Karon. The agency rebranded after agent Matt Sosnick left the company following an arrest on charges of domestic violence.

Bruce is a high-profile loss for Apex, although the firm still retains a number of notable high-end clients (Blake Snell, Max Kepler, Blake Treinen, Mitch Haniger and Brendan McKay among them). Right-hander Chad Bettis also recently departed the agency shortly after the news on Sosnick came out, hiring CAA Baseball to represent him moving forward.

The 32-year-old Bruce had a bizarre 2019 season, ranking ninth in the Majors (min. 300 plate appearances) with a career-high .306 isolated power mark (slugging minus batting average). But despite being one of baseball’s most powerful hitters in 2019, Bruce’s .261 OBP  ranked 270th of 273 hitters with that…

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