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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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