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Cano talks Jay-Z, but doesn’t say much

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Apr 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano spoke with the media about his decision to leave agent Scott Boras and sign with CAA and the Jay-Z led Roc Nation Sports for about four minutes today before BP, but he didn’t say much. He danced around questions about why the decision was made, and gave a lot of generic “I just want to play baseball” answers. Many media types seem to believe that the decision was made because it gives him a better chance of sticking with the Yankees, but that’s purely speculation. I could write about what Cano said, but I think just giving you his answers word for word paints a better picture of how brief he was. 

What have people been saying to you? “A lot of people say it’s a good decision.”

Why was it a decision that you wanted to make? “Well, it was a family decision. I don’t want to go into details, but I feel happy with the company. I’m just going to focus on baseball and do my best. I don’t think it’s going to be a distraction because this is the last time that I’m going to talk about this.”

Have you talked to Scott Boras? “No.”

Do you have any plans to? “No answer on that one. How’s that?”

What do you feel like Jay-Z can do for you that another agent can’t? “It’s like I said, I don’t want to go into details. I just feel happy right now. I’m just focused on playing.”

Is this an indication of how badly you want to stay with the Yankees? “I’ll let my agent talk about the contract and stuff like that.”

Does it help your chances of staying? “I want to stay with the same team. You know, if my agent decides that and talks to the Yankees, we’ll see what happens. I’m just going to play through the season.”

Would you like to get this done before free agency, if possible? “Right now, my focus is on playing baseball. There’s no contract or anything like that on my mind. The season has started and I don’t want to be a distraction for my teammates. All I want to do is focus on playing right now.”

You said in your statement yesterday that you want to take a more active role in your endeavors on and off the field. What goals do you have off the field? “There’s no goal. Whatever happens, happens. I’m not the kind of guy who likes to set goals, because when you put goals on your mind, you put pressure on yourself.”

How much of a factor did Alex (Rodriguez) have on the decision? “None.”

You signed an agreement with Scott in late March where you could switch agents, but you’re contractual obligated to pay a fee in terms of your deal. How do you plan on dealing with that process? “I mean, I let my agent handle the process.”

How long have you known Jay-Z? “A long time ago. I met him my first year here.”

What do you like about him? “Everything.”

How long have you guys been talking about this? “I mean, I just think that it  happened over the weekend.”

Do you think you’re taking a risk? “It’s like I said, I feel happy with the company.”

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34 Responses to “Cano talks Jay-Z, but doesn’t say much”

  1. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Bowden talkin about yanks trading for Tulo ….. Yes please!

  2. Tabbert April 3rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Blake- Gehrig was one of the Greatest to ever play the game. Man… he could absolutely rake. Can you imagine what he would have done in this New Stadium of ours? YIKES.

  3. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Tabbert says:
    April 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    Blake- Gehrig was one of the Greatest to ever play the game. Man… he could absolutely rake. Can you imagine what he would have done in this New Stadium of ours? YIKES.

    Destruction

  4. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    blake -

    What context?

  5. Rich in NJ April 3rd, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Just. Keep. Sanchez. (and I mean that)

  6. Abe Peterham April 3rd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    So much for the philanthropist talk being part of the change… “Don’t deviate from script…. Don’t deviate from script” says the voice in his head..

  7. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Gehrigs swing is unlike any in baseball right now….watch video of him sometime when you’re bored….I bet he just hit rocket line drives all over the place

  8. Tabbert April 3rd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I know very little about the Rockies outside of Tulo, and Cargo. I would assume they would want a good amount of pitching back in return as well as our top prospects?

  9. Patrick April 3rd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Just. Keep. Sanchez. (and I mean that)

    Yanks absolutely cannot afford to trade him at this point.

    Frankly I’d be in favor of not trading any of our prospects for at least a couple years. I don’t think the Yanks will be competitive in 2014 and we need to see what we’ve got with Sanchez, Austin, Williams, Heathcott, etc. Don’t make the same mistake they made with Kennedy, Jackson, Montero …

  10. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Doreen,

    About Tulo? I dunno I just caught the end of it

  11. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Also, have always liked Tulo, but is he still an injury risk?

  12. Jerkface April 3rd, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Tulo is owed a lot of money, so I think they should be able to trade for him without it costing quite that much.

  13. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Bowden just speculates for radio so it’s just him talkin

  14. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Jerkface says:
    April 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    Tulo is owed a lot of money, so I think they should be able to trade for him without it costing quite that much

    I agree….his contract is kinda bad and a lot of teams couldn’t afford him so youd think he’d be cheaper on the prospect side than say Giancarlo woukd be …..

  15. Patrick April 3rd, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I know I just said I would be in favor of trading none of our big prospects for awhile but Tulo is pretty tempting. He is the best SS in the league when healthy.

  16. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Tulo always was the rightful successor to Jeter….I wept when he signed that extension….not really but I wanted to

  17. Jerkface April 3rd, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I’m all in on Tulo at the deadline, get it done Cashman.

  18. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Tulo when healthy is somewhere between jeter and Arod offensively …..he’s awesome

  19. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    That’s why I asked the context Blake. MLB does a lot of speculating. :)

    But did some research. Bleacher report says that most of his injuries were not the result of being injury prone, even though two of them were muscle pulls, albeit under somewhat extenuating circumstances.

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....jury-prone

    I think it will depend which side of the coin you put yourself on, much like Phil Hughes. :)

  20. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    If they go out and get him, means Jeter’s no longer penciled in as SS. At all. Right?

    And if they do get him, they have to make sure he is stretched out at all times!!!

  21. charlestonchew April 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Everyone is so doom and gloom because of the uncertainty we have with our aging and injured lineup. I do not feel the same doom and gloom.

    I am optimistic that everyone will return and produce relatively close to their career numbers. I think Pineda could slot in and be a force in the rotation this year if Nova falters. I also believe that Alex Rodriguez will return to being more like the player he was before his recent offensive decline. I can see him hitting 15-20 homeruns in limited time this year with his legs under him again.

    This team will have money coming off the books next year and the ability to spend and trade creatively to construct a solid roster in 2014. If Alex can produce anywhere near 25/90 again, then our team is in great shape. I tend to believe he can. I think the chance is greater than 50/50. Our strength is our young pitching and hopefully next year we can slot guys like Austin (and maybe even Heathcott) into the OF. Banuelos will have the chance to crack the rotation with a strong first half. Guys like Sanchez and Mason Williams will be one step closer.

  22. Tabbert April 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Blake- The Crazy thing about Gehrig, he trails Hank Aaron by 305 all time RBI’s and had 4,000 less at bats. Obviously they played in two completely different Era’s and I am not comparing the two, but that is still a pretty amazing stat.

  23. blake April 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Doreen says:
    April 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    If they go out and get him, means Jeter’s no longer penciled in as SS. At all. Right?

    Yea Id cross that bridge when we get there

  24. Patrick April 3rd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I highly doubt the Yankees will get Tulo but maybe it’s possible? He’s definitely on the list of players I wish the Yankees had.

  25. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    charlestonchew -

    Here’s hoping!!

  26. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    blake -

    I don’t know if I am ready for that. Don’t know if anyone is…

  27. Jerkface April 3rd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    If they go out and get him, means Jeter’s no longer penciled in as SS. At all. Right?

    I’d split time with Tulo and Jeter at SS/DH to keep them both healthy. If Jeter exercises his option then he is a bench guy in 2014 and if he doesn’t so long and thanks for all the fish.

  28. Patrick April 3rd, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I wonder what it would take to get Tulo.. he’s owed:

    13:$10M, 14:$16M, 15-19:$20M annually, 20:$14M, 21:$15M club option ($4M buyout)

    Also gets a $2 million bonus if he’s traded. Plus the salary in ’20 and ’21 could increase by $6 million based on awards voting.

    That’s a pretty enormous contract, I have to imagine the Rockies would be interested in trading him

  29. Tabbert April 3rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    It will be interesting to see what the Yankees do with Granderson at the end of the year. Potentially by 2015 the Yankees could have a outfield of Heathcott, Williams, and Austin. Williams might be a little further off than the other two, but his potential is remarkable and he could easily shoot up through the Ranks in the next year. If they resign Granderson to a long deal, that will block one of the three. Obviously there is no Guarantee that any of these guys pan out, but if they continue to impress in the Lower ranks, they might ultimately end up forcing the Yankees Hands. That, or one or more of them will eventually be dealt away.

  30. Doreen April 3rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve already come to grips with Granderson being gone. I’ll miss him – he’s valuable on a couple of levels.

    But, c’est le baseball

    Re: Tulo – his contract sure doesn’t seem to fit the NY budget, does it?

  31. Patrick April 3rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Tabbert,

    I think it’s almost a certainty that Granderson is gone after this season. If 189 is still a thing there is no possible way the Yankees can afford to pay Granderson what he will get on the open market.

  32. Jerkface April 3rd, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Re: Tulo – his contract sure doesn’t seem to fit the NY budget, does it?

    To hell with the budget :) Though actually its not bad. The AAV is going to be less than ~18 per year because its an original contract+extension and he is worth it. Its not the STEAL that is Justin Upton, but its affordable. Tulo is a 25 million dollar player counting at 18 or less.

  33. Tabbert April 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Patrick- I would think so. But… Who knows with this front office. It will be very interesting to see how much Mason Williams progresses this year.

  34. mick April 3rd, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    charlestonchew April 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Everyone is so doom and gloom because of the uncertainty we have with our aging and injured lineup. I do not feel the same doom and gloom.
    ===============================
    Don’t let the naysayers fool you.
    They were complaining back in 98 when we won 125.
    They crave attention…


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