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Cano leaves Boras, joins Jay-Z

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano has left Scott Boras and signed on with CAA and the Jay-Z led Roc Nation Sports. Here’s the announcement from Roc Nation. Very, very interesting given Cano’s upcoming free agency.

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (April 2, 2013) – Roc Nation, a full-service entertainment company founded by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, announced today the launch of Roc Nation Sports, a full-service sports management company, and has signed MLB All-Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees. Roc Nation Sports, led by Carter and Juan Perez, who serves as President, has partnered with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a leading entertainment and sports agency, to co-represent Cano.

“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” said Carter.

A four-time MLB All-Star, Cano is a member of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship team, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. Since his Major League debut in May 2005, he leads all second basemen in hits, doubles, and RBIs and has more home runs than any second baseman in Yankees history. The son of former Major League player José Cano, he wears No. 24 to honor Jackie Robinson, after whom he is named and whose No. 42 is retired in baseball. In 2011, the Cano family established the RC24 Foundation to provide help and hope to sick and underprivileged children in New York City and the Dominican Republic.

“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field,” said Cano. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.”

Cano will be represented on the field by a team of agents led by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen. Since Opening Day 2011, CAA Sports’ baseball group has negotiated more than $1.1 billion in Major League contracts, including eight contracts with a guaranteed value of $50 million or more, of which four exceeds $100 million, more than any other agency.

“Jay Z and his team at Roc Nation have successfully orchestrated powerful brand and business-building opportunities for their clients,” said Michael Levine, Co-Head, CAA Sports. “We look forward to combining our wide-reaching resources on behalf of top athlete clients like Robinson Cano to help them accomplish their goals on and off the field.”





26 Responses to “Cano leaves Boras, joins Jay-Z”

  1. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I have been slow to realize this, maybe because I am not a kid (sadly), but I now realize that one day, Jay-Z will rule the world. NTTAWWT

  2. JobaTipsHisCap April 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 am

    It’s disgraceful rap becomes popular. It’s ugly.
    btw, this is one BAD team right now.

  3. Tackelberry April 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Very very interesting turn of events. Jay-Z is a huge Yankee fan as well. This has to dramatically increase the odds of Cano resigning with the Yanks.

  4. Tackelberry April 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    JobaTipsHisCap April 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 am
    It’s disgraceful rap becomes popular. It’s ugly.
    btw, this is one BAD team right now

    So is every other team that is 0-1 right now.

  5. Mike Ri April 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Biggie > Jay-z .

  6. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 11:33 am


    I heard the same thing about rock when I was a kid. My parents’ generation was wrong and so are you


    “I do understand why they made the deal, why they didn’t want to lose him at that time. they’d have the HR title back in the Bronx (where it belongs!!! LOL) and they were willing to take on the risk.

    Also, at the time, they weren’t thinking about budget. Obviously.”

    There always was a budget though, because their payroll has been flat since 2005.

    Smart business people make hard choices. They refused to do that. So they are paying, and so are we by proxy.

  7. Bronx Jeers April 2nd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This is truly the shiznit.

  8. Doreen April 2nd, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Their initial instincts were correct; but the prospect of making money on ARod’s talent for years beyond his active career were too much to walk away from.

    Pride and Greed here. They were not willing to take the chance that someone else would lay claim to having ARod break all those records for their team, and making all that money. And being laughed at for letting it go over a silly opt-out. (Which is how it would have played out, IF ARod left, and IF ARod stayed healthy, and IF ARod didn’t have PEDs in his background).

  9. Patrick April 2nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Sucks for Scott Boras, think about the payday he would get when Cano signs his new deal … Not that he needs any more money

  10. ron April 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The yankees are going to need an entirely new roster within a few years,and some believe we must sign a soon to be 31 year old 2b to an 8 year/200 million dollar deal,and that is how you build a winning team?

    It takes building a balanced team,not 4 old superstars making 23-28 million a year,and nothing else at any other position.

    Tex,arod,cano,cc making 100 million a year,while declining is not going to work.

    Give me a decent hitting 2b that gives me 15 hr/80 rbi/.280 ba,making 10 million a year,and we are in better shape so we can go out,and sign another player.

  11. Doreen April 2nd, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Brody Von W’s statement sure doesn’t make it sound like Robby is looking to leave. Fingers crossed.

  12. Phranchise April 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The Yankees also had no options at 3B and he was the MVP. No minor leaguers at 3B coming up. Nothing. They put themselves in a corner with Arod and lost You can say whatever about trying to get Cabrera, but at the time the Tigers had better prospects. Their biggest fail though was bidding against themselves and not letting it play out a bit. They could have at least saved themselves some money on that deal.

  13. hardwired7 April 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    “Damn, should have had him sign that first offer!” – Boras

  14. Phranchise April 2nd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Cano ‘s deal would be less about winning and more about retaining the season ticket holders. No one will pay that money to see a team rebuild with minor league players in NY. And free agency has changed with other teams with cash. They can’t simply land the big free agents at will. Free agents hit the market at the same age as Cano, very few entering their prime years at age 26-27-28. What is funny though is the Yankees went through the growing pains with Hughes for years, kept Joba around and now going into their prime years both will probably be gone.

  15. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 11:52 am

    @JeffPassan: Important: Almost every star with CAA signs a contract extension. Braun, Cain, Danks, Ethier, Halladay, Howard, Ad. Jones, Peavy, Zimmerman.

  16. Tackelberry April 2nd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    so CAA is essentially the Anti-Boras

  17. tucker April 2nd, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    This post deserves more attention. Potentially huge news in Yankees land …

  18. The Genius Maker April 2nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Cano switching is a positive for him staying with the Yankees. i also view it as a positive because Cano is the type of player we should spend the money on.

  19. The Genius Maker April 2nd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    As for ARod, Rich makes the point I agree with and said at the time. ARod saved Texas about 20 million and the yankees should not have paid that portion. Further, The Yanks should have stopped after 7 years; paying beyond that was not necessary as ARod had apologized and created his bed. The Yankees not only forgave him for costing them 20 mil, but they paid him that and another $75 mil…it made no sense at all. I will say that I was in favor of giving him the $25 mil a year for 7 years, I was not in favor of the last 3 years as I said it would be an albatross for the team. I didn’t expect the last 2 years of “my” 7 year deal would have been so non valuable.

  20. The Genius Maker April 2nd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    The Swisher discussion: Swisher has been a better hitter with RISP over the past 3 years. in 413 AB’s with RISP his OPS is an excellent .896 and with runners on base it is .925 (733 AB’s). With nobody on a .777 OPS (in 899 AB’s). He obviously has performed in clutch spots? Yes, in the playoffs his overall numbers have not been good (he has had some good series’ though). In 181 AB’s (a smaller sample than above), his numbers are bad with an OPS of .589! While the sample is smaller, it is not tiny. I think it is more his style that he is a fastball hitter and a mistake hitter and you don;t get as many in the PS, but you would think that in clutch spots in the regular season it would impact him.

  21. brianlopez22 April 2nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm


    what is your proposition? To let the best 2B is basbeall walk?

  22. Duh Innings II April 2nd, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Right on Ron.

    No way I give Cano more than four years at $25M a year for $100M which would give him the second biggest contract by money for a homegrown Yankee, eclipsing Bernie Williams’s contract (the biggest contract being Jeter’s $189M.)

    You people who think Cano should be signed for five or more years at $25M or more a year, or eight years and $200M just don’t know MLB history.

    History shows that HALL OF FAME SECONDBASEMEN (which Cano is not one of yet if he’ll ever be one) decline after their age 33 season.

    Bill Mazerowski. Joe Morgan. Rod Carew. Ryne Sandberg. Roberto Alomar.

    All of them faded after age 33. Since when is Cano the exception to the rule? WTF has he done compared to them? Mazerowski was an eight-time Gold Glover who had the biggest hit in MLB history considering it was a World Series Game 7 walkoff homerun. Morgan was part of The Big Red Machine and a two-time NLMVP in their 1975-76 World Series championship campaigns. Carew was an eight-time AL batting champion. Sandberg was a nine-time Gold Glover and NLMVP who was the best NL 2B if not the best 2B in MLB for a decade. Alomar was a ten-time Gold Glove secondbaseman who helped the Blue Jays to their only World Series championships and collected over 2700 hits.

    Even Cano’s predecessors Willie Randolph and Chuck Knoblauch have double and triple the number of World Series rings as Yankee secondbaseman, respectively. Brian Doyle Randolph’s replacement in the 1978 World Series even has as many World Series rings as a Yankee 2B as Cano.

    Cano? A very good player who has collected a couple of Gold Gloves, was the second line of attack on one World Championship Yankees team, hit .342 one year, and has so far been a career .300+ hitter. I’ll be the first to say five or six more seasons like he’s had 2005-12 and he belongs the Hall Of Fame, but he’s still the second-worst of the HOF secondbasemen aforementioned (the worst being Mazerowski.)

    Also no more signing guys through their late thirties (Teixiera) and early forties (Rodriguez) after Rodriguez and now Teixiera who were better all-around players than Cano – who buried Cano as such in the case of A-Rod – at the times of their big paydays.

    No more thinking Cano will be another Jeter i.e. a great player who will be great or at least very good well into his late thirties. Cano is not Jeter, not even close. Even if Cano re-signed for eight years chances are he’d grab only two more World Series rings at best, still two short of Jeter assuming Jeter doesn’t grab one or some of those rings, too i.e. Jeter doesn’t return to the Yanks for 2014 and they win the 2014 World Series.

    If I were the Yanks I’d offer Cano four years and $100M. His agent would come back with eight years and $200M and if they did, the Yanks should come back with four years and $120M and remind Cano’s agent that’s only $69M less than what Jeter got in six more years and the second-biggest contract by money for a homegrown Yankee. If they refuse, let him go.

  23. yankeehotelfoxtrot April 2nd, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    A very smart and savvy move by Robbie! Scott Boras is a greedy a**hole…it’s my guess that he’s the reason an extension has yet to be finalized! The best part is that this move pretty much ensures that Robbie will remain a Yankee. Jay-Z is all about NY sports (owner of the Nets and avid NY sports fan) and is a great business man. It should just be a matter of time until a deal is in place.

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