With the MLB world still coming to grips with Robinson Cano packing his bags and heading to the Seattle Mariners with a huge contract, some analysts see Jay Z cementing himself as a serious sports agent.
In ESPN writer Enrique Rojas‘ opinion, Jay’s ability to not only convince Cano to leave his renowned agent Scott Boras but flourish at Roc Nation Sports could be a serious game-changer.
“I think this is a new beginning in all of sports,” ESPN writer Enrique Rojas told MTV News on Friday (December 6). “This is the first time that a player leaves Scott Boras. Usually it’s the contrary. Usually it’s the other side, Boras leaves the player. Also, this the first time that Seattle gets a player over the Yankees for money. This is a new beginning in sports.” Rojas broke the Cano story and has been following the signing closely, and while many in the sports world have been skeptical of Jay Z’s move to sports, the writer is quite impressed. “Definitely he starts with an A,” he said grading Jay and RNS performance on this deal. “I think it’s too early to say that Jay Z will be a good agent or a great agent, but definitely this is a very good start for him… and he has a good company.” (MTV)
According to Friday reports, Cano 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 claimed 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)
Over the summer, Cano’s former sports agent Scott Boras took a jab at Jigga about 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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