Shopping for value in free agency

Timing is everything in free agency.

Last year, Gerrit Cole hit the market at the same moment the Yankees’ top offseason priority was a No. 1 starting pitcher. Six weeks later, Cole had himself a record nine-year, $324 million contract done before Christmas.

This winter, however, is not the ideal time to be a free agent. Not after a 60-game regular season without any gate-related revenue, translating to historic financial losses across the board for MLB clubs. Many teams either had layoffs, furloughs or both, giving the impression that money — even for a $10 billion industry — figures to be scarce this offseason.

Which clubs are hurting the most, and how badly, is difficult to determine. The Dodgers changed the whole free-agent market before we even got there by signing Mookie Betts to a 12-year, $365 million extension in July, so it would be hard to characterize them as broke.

As for other typically big spenders, hard to say. The Yankees are expected to lose more than $400 million this season, and after Cole’s deal, the trade route certainly looks preferable after trying to first retain DJ LeMahieu.

“Obviously, I think this global pandemic has affected everybody in a horrific way in a business setting,” general manager Brian Cashman said this week. “These are real constraints that exist throughout all industries and households, so it will be something that clearly will factor into how we approach the future.”

That future, from a free-agent perspective, begins five days after the final out of the World Series. With that in mind, here’s an early peek at some of the top names available (players with pending contract options are not included).

1. J.T. Realmuto, Phillies, C: The Phillies had initial conversations with Realmuto about sticking around beyond this season, but around the time mega-billionaire Steve Cohen’s name resurfaced with the Mets, those talks soon evaporated. Coincidence? Realmuto, who turns 30 in March, is one season removed from his Gold Glove, Silver Slugger season in Philly, and would be the perfect opening splash for Cohen’s arrival in Flushing.

2. Trevor Bauer, Reds, RHP: Bauer took to Twitter recently to drop a few hints about his pending free agency, subtly poking the Padres and Yankees about their need for rotation help after both teams were eliminated. Bauer’s late surge for the NL Cy Young likely earned him the trophy, as well as a few extra bucks as the top starter available in a very thin group.

3. George Springer, Astros, CF: The UConn product could have a chance to return east if the Cohen-owned Mets dig even deeper into their pockets for a true everyday centerfielder, despite an offensive dip from his Silver Slugger season (39 HRs, .974 OPS) in 2019. As a bonus, he gets to escape universally hated Houston.

4. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees, INF: Right off the top, this almost feels wrong to list LeMahieu as a

What To Expect From Your Teen Model Agency

If you're thinking about breaking into the teen modeling industry, you have two choices; go it alone, or take the smart move and get yourself down to a reputable teen model agency. While some people manage OK without the support of an agency, they are few and far between. This is a highly competitive and saturated market and the advice provided by a teen model agency can make all the difference, offering you valuable business guidance as well as a professional helping hand.

So you want to find a good teen model agency, but there are so many to choose from – how do you know which is the right one for you? Look for reputation and experience – by selecting one that has been around for a few years, you've got the reassurance that they're still in business for a good reason. An established agency is much more likely to have good contacts and people with bona fide experience of working in the industry. It's also well worth checking out any agency who offers additional modeling services.

Teen Model Agency Services

Finding a good teen model agency that can offer you a taster shoot, a professional teen modeling portfolio and a modeling assessment, as well as the usual advice, gives you lots of advantages. By attending an agency assessment, you'll hear first hand from the professionals whether or not you're suitable for the industry; this is possibly more important than you realise, because even though your friends and family may have been telling you you'd make an model, they have no direct experience and they may be a little bit biased!

A teen model agency assessment will usually comprise of the following elements; hair, makeup and fashion consultation; posing advice, shoot and digital retouching, and honest, upfront advice and guidance – your teen agency will also offer you the option to have a portfolio created. If the sound of your agency retouching your images worries you, rest assured that it's totally fine – professional modeling pictures are digitally cleaned up as standard in the industry and purely determined the reality of what happens after a real photo shoot.

Modeling Hints and Tips

During this process, the team at the agency will be taking down your vital statistics (measurements), watching how you react and respond to the experience, and seeing how different looks suit you during your modeling shoot. This will enable them to advise you on what types of modeling work might be best for you and also offer any hints and tips that they think would benefit you. If you receive good feedback from them and you decide that you want to try your hand at modeling for real, you can go ahead and let them help you to create your teen portfolio.

Once you've started the ball rolling with your agency and you've got your fabulous portfolio ready, be sure to continue to work with them to help boost your new career. Your teen model agency should …

4 Things a Legitimate Model Agency Asks You

We list things that a legitimate model agency does that make you feel uncomfortable but is actually beneficial for you in the long run.

Initial outlay

A model agency may ask for an initial outlay of money from you. Either they may ask you for portfolio fees or deduct a certain percentage of commission from your initial project fees, or even work at contracts. This may sound pretty demanding; However, it should not deter you if you have enough passion for excelling in the industry. The reason why a model agency extracts some initial cost from you is because they need to make up their costs of creating a portfolio for you and work required to set you up with clients. Working for free also gets you opportunities easier, for example, you can work with designers and photographers who want to create their own portfolio for free, and this allows you to gain modeling experiences as well. This makes it a mutually beneficial solution for all. The experience and portfolio you gather from the initial sacrifice of fees and payment will go a long way in getting more job opportunities.

Change your Looks to Suit Their Assignments

A model agency may ask you to do certain fashion makeovers such as changing your hair from blonde to brunette, or changing the length of your hair and so on. This is not because they don't think you look good, but rather they usually want to fit you into the style of modeling that suits you best. For example, the agency may already have an excess of blondes, and they need a good brunette. There may be a few reasons why they ask you to change your look, but it is ultimately the best calling for your look and job opportunities in modeling. Anyway, a top class model is expected to be flexible and look good in any style or costume fitted. Hence, you should never be hesitant to change your look and style, and carry yourself with confidence in your new look.

Lose or Gain Weight

Again, although this may come off as a sensitive matter to you the industry is competitive and requires you to be at the top of your game to succeed. Even for non-mainstream modeling such as plus-size models, there are weight standards that need to be adhered to. In general, agencies have come to the point where they want to portray healthily-sized models. So they may outright reject you if you are too thin or too overweight. Hence, the key aspect to look after is your diet, your nutrition, and health. If you are doing the right things with your health your body will reciprocate naturally and your weight / BMI would not be hard to control.

Traveling and International Opportunities

Most of us will be delighted at the sound of this, however, most of us do modeling as a 'side hustle' and few turn it into long-term fully fledged careers. The thought of traveling and working …

Pros and Cons of a Child Model Agency

Whether your child has the ability to be the next Adriana Lima depends on whether a parent has the confidence to take the leap of faith and enable their child to pursue a career in modeling. Although it’s good to start young and enroll in a child model agency, there are hard choices to make.

Cons First

Let’s start with the cons! Then, shall we? Firstly, modeling is like any other job, requiring time, sacrifice, patience, and discipline; hard to ask from adults, and harder to ask from a child.

Children in their formative years are very active, constantly want to run and play, and rarely have any affinity for posing patiently in a studio. But this is only a con if a child doesn’t like modeling, or in worse cases forced into the industry. Remember this always, looking good alone isn’t enough. Anyone who wants to excel in modeling must have a good personality and work attitude as well. Hence, parents should only enroll a child into a modeling agency if he/she has the aptitude for modeling or loves the job.

Modeling has assignments throughout the day and you may get an important job during office hours. A child must be dedicated to going for a shoot after school, and a parent might have to request for time-off to send the kid to the assignment. It requires sacrifice to make it work. This then drives home the reason why a child must want to become a model at their own will.

There are many fake artists and scam agencies out there to exploit hopeful parents and families who want to see their kid become a famous model.

Key indicators of fake agencies include:

• Located in suspicious areas

• Guarantee you a job on the first day (Professional agencies know this process takes time)

• Call you for an appointment after office hours or odd timings

• Do not require a portfolio or contract (All good clients are attracted by your portfolio. It’s as important a resume.)

Pros

If the child has a vibrant personality, photogenic face and has aspirations of being a successful model, then modeling can be a very big pro. Kids, who become good models, do so because they like the perks of the work such as fame and attention.

A good kid model agency will have an extensive network of contacts, and your child might get exposed to big names and companies at a very young age. It presents a good opportunity to network, socialize and progress rapidly in later stages of a child’s career.

When the child hits their prime (teenage/youth) years, they can out beat their competition with more than just looks, but with significant experience in the industry. It’s always hard to tell if a kid wants to pursue modeling long-term, but if that is the case in future, acquiring experience from young matters.

Travelling is a possibility when joining a big modeling agency dealing with overseas clients and contacts. A …