If you think it's tough for an agent to peddle a player with diminished bat speed or even a steroid habit, imagine the challenge that awaits New York-based agent Peter Greenberg. He represents pitcher Ugueth Urbina, who is in a Venezuelan jail waiting to go on trial on charges of attempted murder.
Last weekend, Greenberg traveled to Venezuela to visit his client and friend. He returned confident that Urbina will be acquitted, and convinced that Urbina is still hungry to pitch in the majors.
But the agent is also aware that the process still must play out, and that there will be numerous twists, turns and provocative headlines along the way. Before Urbina can pursue his livelihood, he must get his life in order.