Renowned sports agent Scott Boras did not miss out on an opportunity to throw shade at Roc Nation Sports head Jay Z this week and went on the offensive when asked about former client Robinson Cano landing a huge Seattle Mariners contract.
When asked how much of a role Jay’s representation played in Cano’s 10-year, $240 million contract, Boras made sure to downplay the rap star’s impact.
Scott Boras had a message for Jay Z. Robinson Cano, a prized Boras client, switched agents this year to the hip-hop mogul and CAA Sports. The All-Star second baseman left the New York Yankees and agreed last week to a contract with Seattle said to be worth $240 million over 10 years. “It’s very different to be the creator of the umbrella versus those who stand under it,” Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings. Boras maintained the talent of the player led to the agreement, not the player’s representation. “When you’re bringing the prettiest girl to the prom, you don’t really pay attention to who he’s dancing with, unless it’s a very unusual step,” he said. (Boston Herald)
According to last Friday reports, Cano decided to leave the New York Yankees and settle for the 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 agreement 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, 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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