Former Agent Gilbert Joins White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) _ Former agent Dennis Gilbert, who got Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla and Jose Canseco deals that were once the richest in baseball, is switching sides.
Gilbert joined the Chicago White Sox as a special assistant to chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Tuesday. He’ll assist with contract negotiations, and will consult on other baseball-related issues.
``It’s all baseball,″ he said of the transition from agent to management.
Gilbert, who played minor league baseball for four years, became an agent in 1980 after building a successful insurance business. Besides Bonds and Canseco, his Beverly Hills Sports Council represented George Brett, Bobby Bonilla, Mike Piazza, Bret Saberhagen and Danny Tartabull, among others.
When Gilbert negotiated a $23.5 million, five-year deal for Canseco with Oakland in 1990, it was the richest in baseball. Bonilla topped that in December 1991 with a $29 million, five-year contract with the New York Mets and Bonds became No. 1 the following December when San Francisco gave him a $43.75 million, six-year deal.
Gilbert retired as an agent two years ago.
``As a player representative, Dennis was always one of the toughest negotiators we faced,″ Reinsdorf said in a statement. ``Dennis and I developed a great deal of mutual respect over the years, so I am pleased that he has agreed to join the White Sox. His experiences will be invaluable to me and to the organization.″
Since he retired, Gilbert has helped build a baseball stadium in south central Los Angeles that serves as the home field for MLB’s Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities. He also runs his insurance business.
``This opportunity to work with Jerry takes my involvement to a completely new level,″ Gilbert said. ``I have a great deal of respect for Jerry and have enjoyed watching this young White Sox organization develop. I am looking forward to being part of its continued growth.″
The White Sox also announced a restructuring of their baseball operations department. Rick Hahn, formerly an associate in the office of agents Leigh Steinberg and Jeff Moorad, was hired as director of major league administration.
Dan Fabian, the club’s assistant director of scouting/minor league operations, was promoted to director of baseball operations systems. Andrew Pinter, a video coordinator, was made assistant director of baseball operations systems.
``As we analyzed the structure of the department, we felt it was important to create a new division to efficiently organize, research and process all the information that streams into the office on a daily basis,″ general manager Ken Williams said.