Robinson Cano Has A New Agent, Jay-Z , After Parting Ways With Scott Boras
Robinson Cano may not test the free agent waters after all.
He's opted to fire his agent Scott Boras and hired a man synonymous with New York City, Jay-Z - a guy often seen sporting a Yankees cap.
Jay-Z, a hip-hop mogul who is also part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, is teaming with CAA (Creative Artist Agency) to form Roc Nation Sports. Their first client is Cano, according to ESPN.
Meanwhile, the New York Times speculates this is great news for Yankees fans who want to keep the sweet swinin' second baseman:
For the Yankees, who have been battered with bad news lately, Cano’s surprising decision could only be seen as a heartening development.
Jay-Z for Boras is a trade they would probably make any day of the week because it would seem to increase their chances of reaching a new deal with Cano, their 30-year second baseman, before his current contract expires after the 2013 season and before other teams can begin efforts to take him away.
Boras, meanwhile, has a reputation for squeezing every dime out of teams looking to sign one of his high-profile clients (including some of the highest paid players that have, or currently played the game - Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, Barry Zito, Prince Fielder Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira). Certainly that's a good thing for the players he represents, but it would be a bad for the new generation of cost-conscious Yankee ownership.
Cano is the final season of a six year $57-million deal.