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Royals notebook | Danny Duffy stands by his agency

Robert Murray

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Jul 20, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (41) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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SURPRISE, Ariz. – Sitting at his locker, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy made one thing clear: Anyone claiming that ACES, his agency, not only was aware, but directed its people to give clients steroids, is making a claim that is false and unsubstantiated.

FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported that Juan Carlos Nunez, a former employee of ACES, filed a lawsuit against Sam and Seth Levinson, where Nunez claimed they were not only aware of players’ PED use, but directed players to people that would give them PEDs.

“Zero merit,” Duffy told FanRag Sports. “It’s just a guy trying to extort. He’s a felon who got of jail, ran out of money and he’s a piece of trash. He’s trying to extort money from good people.”

Duffy is not the only player represented by ACES to publicly deny the allegations and say he’ll stick with the agency. New York Yankees star prospect Clint Frazier echoed Duffy in an interview with the New York Daily News, saying “The guy wants money.” Frazier also has every intention of staying.

Initially, there was a belief ACES could be in hot water with the lawsuit and potentially others. However, as time has passed, there is a belief that Nunez will again come up short in his attempt to take down the agency. Players such as Duffy and Frazier, as well as others who spoke to FanRag Sports, have continually voiced their intention to stay with the agency and that they “love it there.”

“I’d lay down my life for them,” Duffy said. “Sam and Seth Levinson are two of the best people in the world and I’d go to the end of the world for them. There’s a handful of people in the world that I’d say that about. They’re two of them.”

In a time when the importance of understanding the collective bargaining agreement grows by the day, Duffy says that the Levinson brothers helped him have a better understanding of labor issues and how to look at them properly.

“I ask questions and they want to answer. They legit want me to know. Thankfully they don’t beat me over the head with information about it.

“Listen, I’m not trying to plug them, I’m just telling you how it is. They’re absolutely two of the best and I’m a pretty good judge of character.”

Other notes from Royals camp:

  • Tuesday, Kansas City signed outfielder Jon Jay to a major league deal. Talking to people around the Royals, as well as manager Ned Yost during his press conference, it was clear that they valued Jay both for his on-field ability and his presence in the clubhouse. Numerous people cited his high-character mentality. However, as always with the new guy, it’ll take getting used to a new facility. While I was talking to Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio, Jay approached us with a confused look on his face and asked, “Any idea where the batting cages are at?” We pointed him in the right direction and he was on his way.

Robert Murray is a baseball writer and reporter for FanRag Sports. He has written previously for MLB Injury News, Sports Injury Alert and Baseball Essential.

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