The New York Yankees star second baseman Robinson Cano has fired well-known agent Scott Boras to join Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and CAA Sports. The change in agencies for Cano comes just one day after the slugger began the last year of his contract with the Yankees against the Red Sox on Opening Day.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Cano’s baseball activities will be led by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen, but the four-time All-Star’s marketing endeavors will be handled by Roc Nation, which is founded by Jay-Z.
Cano, 30, is set to cash in on the biggest contract a second baseman has ever received in the MLB, and the move to CAA Sports with Jay-Z has given the Yankees a much better chance of re-signing their best player.
Scott Boras is known to test teams with the free agent market and find more money for his players elsewhere, but Jay-Z has always been a Yankees supporter which should help keep the upcoming free agent off the market.
Cano will without a doubt be asking for top-dollar when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, and the Yankees are in a battle with the $189 million salary cap. Though the Yankees will have to fight to stay below the cap, they should be able to compel Cano to sign a huge deal after freeing up some cap space.
Roc Nation posted a photo of Cano signing his new contract next to Jay-Z on Instagram, which later made its way to twitter as you can see below in a post by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2013
The deal with CAA Sports and Jay-Z is as real as it gets, and don’t expect Jay-Z to negotiate for any less money than Scott Boras. Cano will ask for a long-term deal that is worth anywhere from $20 to $25 million a year, and it should take care of itself if he puts together another great season.
It was reported early in spring training that contract talks between the Yankees and Cano’s former agent Scott Boras had stalled when the Yankees made a “significant offer” in late February. No deal has been made, and shouldn’t be made anytime soon as the season is now underway.
Cano will join his teammates on the field Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series with the Yankees arch-rival, the Boston Red Sox. Cano went 1-for-4 on Opening Day with two strikeouts in an 8-2 loss.
Only time will tell how much of an impact Jay-Z will have while representing Robinson Cano. The famous rapper’s new sports agency will have their full attention on Cano, as he is the first and only client at Roc Nation Sports.
Cano has one of the most lucrative contacts in MLB history in his bright future and has put it in the hands of Jay-Z. Will firing Scott Boras and hiring Jay-Z and CAA Sports turn out to be a good decision by Yankees star Robinson Cano?
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