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The chief MLB agent of Bad Bunny’s new agency has had his certification revoked by the players’ union

Bad Bunny’s MLB agency is in trouble as it enters Year 2. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Rimas Sports, the sports agency founded by Bad Bunny last year, is in trouble with the MLB Players Association.

The MLBPA on Friday revoked the certification of Rimas Sports’ chief baseball agent William Arroyo after the union investigated complaints from other agents about improper benefits given to players, according to ESPN.

MLB agents require certification from the MLBPA to negotiate contracts with teams and to provide other client services to players. Arroyo and Rimas Sports can appeal the revoked certification. It is reportedly unknown whether they will do so.

Rimas Sports released a statement via ESPN in response:

“At Rimas Sports, we maintain our industry’s highest standards of professionalism and integrity,” the company said in a statement. “Out of respect for an ongoing process within the context of the MLBPA Agent Regulations, we will not comment at this time. We remain committed to continuing to provide excellent service to our customers.”

The backlash for Rimas Sports could extend beyond Arroyo, as The Athletic reports that other employees at the agency who sought certification are now expected to be denied. With Arroyo also sidelined, Rimas Sports reportedly only has one other active MLB agent.

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Bad Bunny announced the formation of Rimas Sports last year, together with Rimas Entertainment CEO Noah Assad and director Jonathan Miranda. Rimas Entertainment is a Puerto Rican record label that counts Bad Bunny among its artists.

With Arroyo leading the way and Hall of Fame catcher Iván Rodríguez as ambassador, Rimas Sports signed several customers at launch. According to ESPN, the initial client list included New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez, Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, Cincinnati Reds infielder Santiago Espinal, Mets infield prospect Ronny Mauricio and Los Angeles Dodgers catching prospect Diego Cartaya.

While none of these players are All-Stars, some of them are valuable names for a young agency. Alvarez is a former top-five player who could one day get a nine-figure contract, while Tovar signed a seven-year, $63.5 million contract extension with the Rockies last month.

Bad news for MLB agents was a theme this week, as Scott Boras lost Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery as a client after an offseason disaster (that was good news for the Wasserman agency, though), while Nez Balelo becomes of CAA Sports faces a significant number of questions about how his operation allowed former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara to steal $16 million from Shohei Ohtani.

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