The game of baseball stops being a simple game when you cross over to the professional level. From that moment on, the ability to market and negotiate contracts is as important as the talent and dedication of the player. 

That is why people like Melvin Roman, an ex-professional baseball player, exist. Roman is the president and CEO of MDR Sports Management, a full-service sports management firm representing professional baseball players, with a specialization in Latin American players.

With more than 15 years of experience, Roman oversees the daily operations of every aspect of MDR’s client business matters. 

Some of his most significant contract negotiations include a five-year, $75 million contract for catcher Yadier Molina, making him the second highest paid catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history as well as a four-year, $27.5 million contract for pitcher Jaime Garcia, among others.

The firm negotiated several top contracts for catcher Yorvit Torrealba, making him the highest paid backup catcher in MLB history and pitcher Pedro Feliciano’s former New York Yankees’ contract made him the best paid left-handed specialist in the Majors earning him millions a year.