Rap mogul Jay Z has possibly made one of the biggest moves as the head of his Roc Nation Sports agency by having his superstar client Robinson Cano sign a $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners.
According to reports, Cano has decided to leave the New York Yankees and settle for a mega ten-year contract.
In a stunning reversal that played out over a dozen or so dramatic hours – and with Jay Z involved, would you expect anything else? – the Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract, ending his tenure with the Yankees. Talks between the two sides hit what appeared to be a major snag late Thursday night, a source said, after Cano’s camp asked for 10 years and $252 million. The Mariners had been under the impression that a nine-year, $225 million offer was going to get the deal done, leaving Seattle officials perplexed over the additional request. (New York Daily News)
Coincidentally, reports claim Jay may have initially caused friction prior to the deal going down.
Earlier today, a New York Daily News report emerged indicating that Seattle had offered Cano a 9-year, $225 million deal last night to come and play for the Mariners. But according to the report, Jay Z pushed for an extra year on the contract at the 11th hour, and the Mariners balked at the idea of giving Cano a 10-year, $252 million contract and called the negotiations off. It sounds like cooler heads have prevailed, though, because ESPN Deportes is now reporting that Cano and the Mariners just agreed to a massive 10-year, $240 million deal. (Complex)
Young Hov pitched the baseball star second baseman to local hometown rival the New York Mets a few weeks ago.
Robinson Cano a Met? It sounds outlandish on the surface, but Cano put his best man on the job Monday night. Yes, it turns out Jay Z is as hands-on as promised. So hands-on he’s willing to shop his client across the RFK Bridge into Flushing. The hip-hop impresario joined Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant general manager John Ricco for dinner at a posh Manhattan hotel to discuss Cano’s free agency, two sources familiar with the situation told The Post. Cano’s group, which also featured agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez, initiated the meeting; Cano himself didn’t attend. (New York Post)
Over the summer, Cano’s former sports agent Scott Boras took a jab at Jigga over his role as a real agent.
Whether the tandem of Jay Z and Creative Artists proves as effective at landing Robinson Cano a megadeal in free agency this winter remains to be seen. Boras shrugged off the lyrics about him, but in discussing the prospect of Jay Z negotiating with teams, he made indirect reference to the rapper’s famous line about making a Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can. “When your agent wears a Yankee hat,” he said, “how seriously are they going to take you?” (Wall Street Journal)
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