Former Michigan outfielder Casey Close has transitioned into the agent business representing high profile shortstop Derek Jeter. Close was an outstanding player for the Wolverines hitting .440 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI during his senior campaign in 1986. He was named a first team All-American and Baseball America’s Player of the Year. He ended up being drafted in the seventh round by the New York Yankees as he spent five seasons bouncing around the minors spending parts of three seasons in AAA.
After his playing career was over, Close became an agent with IMG and in 1993 became the agent for a Class A Greensboro shortstop named Derek Jeter. After IMG dropped team sports clients in 2006, Close made the transition to Creative Artists Agency with Jeter following him.
Close has been thrusted into the spotlight as he is negotiating Jeter’s new contract asking the New York Yankees for a three year 45 million dollar deal after a disappointing 2010 season.
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