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Staff writer Liz Mullen covers labor, agents and horse racing.

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Octagon's Baseball Division Adds Agents With Dominican Focus

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 04 / 15

Octagon’s baseball division today added agents Jay Alou , Brian Mejia and Ulises Cabrera . All three MLB-certified agents specialize in representing players from the Dominican Republic. They are expected to bring more than a dozen baseball player clients with them. Alou represents Blue Jay...

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