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With free agency around the corner Robinson Cano fires Scott Boras and hires … Jay-Z

Apr 2, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Robinson Cano Reuters

Robinson Cano is six months from hitting the open market as a free agent and cashing in for a huge long-term contract, and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees second baseman just fired his agent, Scott Boras.

Cano is making $15 million this year in the final season of a deal signed in February of 2008 and should top $100 million with ease this offseason (or before then, if he agrees to a pre-free agency contract with the Yankees).

Back in 2011 he fired his old agent and hired Boras, but Cano must not have been happy with how negotiations have been going. No word yet on Cano’s new representation, but Olney writes that he “has quietly been meeting with other agents in recent weeks to discuss a possible switch.”

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cano is joining CAA “in part because of affiliation with Roc Nation, an entertainment/marketing company founded by Jay-Z.”

UPDATE #2: I guess that’s official now …

  1. townballblog - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Love it! He’s dropped the ball, Boras has, on a few of his clients lately.

  2. El Bravo - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Gary Sheffield pick up the phone!

    • bigharold - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Yeah, .. cause that worked out so well for Gary.

  3. vallewho - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    surprised…

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      I thought this was The Onion.

  4. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Good for Cano, Boras is a ass that ruins the game. People will always blame teams and owners of paying players to much but it is more the fault of boras and his cronies that have caused the outrageous contracts. More players should boot his ass cause he doesn’t care about the players only the money he is going to make off of them.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      More players should boot his ass cause he doesn’t care about the players only the money he is going to make off of them.

      And this is bad why? [and please don't bring up ticket prices]

      • cdeangelus - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        I look at the Verlander, and Posey, and Felix deals and say “that’s why it’s bad.”

        Three teams have now locked up their marquee stars for the long term future, and these players gave up what, 2-3 million a year? What does that $2-3 million a year serve other than acting as a score with which players can falsely judge their self worth.

        Instead, we now have players who are still making incredible, incredible amounts of record-setting money, and they’re staying with the teams that brought them up, giving the fans in these cities someone to cheer for and root for as a “home grown player.” The mercenary aspect of baseball diminishes, and kids can start having the same favorite players from elementary school to high school.

        That’s what not just caring about the money generates.

      • bj2745 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Felix and Verlander, of course, both signed the largest contracts ever given to a pitcher when they signed those deals that weren’t all about the money.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I don’t understand what you’re saying, cd. If it’s good that V & Felix etc are staying put, then it’s not bad to care about the money. It’s the threat that these players could be lured elsewhere for $$$ that makes the teams shell out bucks to make sure they don’t hit FA. I assure you, the Tigers jumped at extending V now b/c they didn’t want him to walk for more $ elsewhere. If they were sure of a hometown discount & loyalty, they could’ve played chicken with him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Three teams have now locked up their marquee stars for the long term future, and these players gave up what, 2-3 million a year? What does that $2-3 million a year serve other than acting as a score with which players can falsely judge their self worth.

        As mentioned above, those players signed the richest deals for their positions, in MLB history. How do you figure they gave up any money?

        It sounds like you think Boras is only interested in getting his players the most money at the cost of everything else? Do you not think the players have any say in what happens? Maybe the team that signs the player offers a contract above and beyond what the original team offers? Do you think Mil was offering close to $200M for Fielder? Or that anyone was offering close to a 3 year/$36M contract for Soriano like the Yanks did with multiple opt-out years?

        And how do explain Weaver signing for below market?

    • seattlej - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      So it’s owners like Loria or the Steinbrenners that should be pocketing those hundreds of millions instead? The game is generating more money than ever and it’s going to end up somewhere.

      Also, I think the players can watch out for themselves. His style is certainly a high-risk, high-reward style for the players, but I don’t see many of them complaining about his representation.

      • bleedgreen - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Well, in theory, the money could go to building a better team around a franchise player. Think of the holes the Phillies could plug if Ryan Howard wasn’t making a bajillion dollars for mid level production and not paying Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay what they are. Those 3 players account for $65Million this year. Utley and Rollins add another $26Million. Utley looks like he can still produce, but Jimmy is on the severe downside of his career.

        So 2 pitchers and 3 infielders are making nearly $100Million this year. Their total payroll for active contracts is $151Million.

        If the top 3 guys were making $5Million less, I HIGHLY doubt the Phillies wouldn’t have signed 2 more quality outfielders or a better 3rd baseman than Michael Young.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Scott Boras doesn’t reach in the owners wallets and take the money out. He negotiates and the teams that are willing to pay the money do, those who aren’t don’t. And just as I’ve said before and Cano has procen here, the agent works for the player. It’s the players who ultimately decides where he signs and for how much.

    • stex52 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      So the players fire him because he makes them too much money? Well that certainly makes sense to me. /S

    • wmg8383 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      So much Fail in one comment, who has the time.

      • bougin89 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Haha, this was my exact thought as well.

    • lardin - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      I have no problem with players gettin everything they can through free agency. Its Not Boras’s or other agents fault abou the contracts that have been paid. Players hire Boras knowing exactly what he is. They hire him to get the most money for them.

      Dont be mad that your a Mariners fan or a fan of some other small market team that didnt pony up the money for their star player.

      • seattlej - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I agree with the sentiment, but you need a new example — the Mariners did, just a month or so ago, pony up a very large chunk of change to lock up their star player.

    • protius - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Your comments are the bocage of discussion, i.e., a dense growth of verbal hedgerow that keeps the readers away from your meaning.

      Who, exactly are Boras’ “cronies,” and what have they done to annoy you? Moreover, who should set the bar for what the market will bear? Should it be the owners? No, that would be collusion. The players? Well maybe; I think that’s called collective bargaining. Should the Middleman set the marketplace; the player agent?

      In your informed opinion, who or how should the market for a player’s services be determined?

    • anxovies - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      This is like an employer saying, I should boot his ass because all he cares about is the salary I pay him, or an employee saying, I should quit because all he cares about is the work I do for him. Presumably, you have a job and if they didn’t pay you every two weeks or so you would quit and go somewhere else. Being an agent is Boras’ job.

  5. dukepatrol - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    He obviously wants to remain a Yankee and since Boros doesn’t care where he plays as long as he gets the most money there was an obvious difference of the objective. Robbie made the right move.The Yankees will give him the $. Ask Swisher,Martin etc if they would have come back to NY if they offered them a deal.

    • jm91rs - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      This is probably the best explanation for the switch. Boras only cares about the money and if Cano wants to remain a Yankee he needs someone that will get him the best deal with the Yankees, Boras likely wanted no part of a deal that didn’t pit two teams against each other in a bidding war.

      • paperlions - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        It isn’t a good explanation at all, because Boras works for his clients, not the other way around. If instructed, Boras gets the best deal he can with a particular team…not player have ever switched teams because of Boras, they have switched teams because they instructed Boras to get as much money as possible from whoever he could….and then signed the contract.

      • seattlej - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Please explain the case of Jared Weaver. He is/was a Boras client, no?

      • bougin89 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Why is it so hard to understand that agents work for the players. Boras works for the players best interest. Most of the time(99% of the time) that is to get the absolute most money possible. Boras is one of the best at this. I highly doubt Cano has ever said “I don’t care how much money I make, just get a deal done with the Yankees”.

  6. dluxxx - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    He’ll be a Twin next year.

    Okay, no he won’t, but I can’t help myself. Especially after all of the “Mauer wants to be a Yankee” talk.

    • anxovies - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Mauer wants to be a Yankee? Then so do I.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        How old are you? They pay extra for osteoporosis.

  7. proudlycanadian - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    April Fools Day for Boras!

  8. El Bravo - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I guess it is true. Jay-Z, in fact, makes the Yankee cap more famous than a Yankee can.

    • tmhofficial - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Touche’

  9. tastybasslines - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Cano THINKS he will soon be Big Pimpin, but he’s really only going to end up with 99 Problems with this move.

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      If I weren’t pasty white and middle-aged, I’d probably find humor in this. Alas….

    • tuberippin - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Ain’t no love…in the heart of the citayyyy

      But seriously, c’mon man. Let the dude make his own decisions. I mean,

  10. heyblueyoustink - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Does having an all star second basement now give Jay-Z only 98 problems?

  11. tfbuckfutter - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Suck it, Boras.

  12. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Just want to point out that Big L absolutely SLAYED Jay Z on the mic. Google their “battle” if you don’t believe it…or if you want to have a laugh at Jay “rapping”.

    • dondada10 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Rest in Peace, Big L.

    • gpatrick15 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Relevance?

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Lets see, New York, involves Jay Z (the pre-Drake fakest rapper alive), and little bearing on actual baseball games. My bad, next time I’ll do a “Scott Boras is the devil!!!1!1!1!” post.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        You leave Drake alone!

        He was shot in the back on a Canadian teenage melodrama!

        In Canada that qualifies as street cred.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        involves Jay Z (the pre-Drake fakest rapper alive)

        that’s the worst spelling of NAS I’ve ever seen.

  13. runyetirun - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    If this opens the door for Carlos Santana to be repped by Carlos Santana, I’m in favor of it.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Personally would prefer to see the Baldwins represent the Molinas.

  14. sportsdrenched - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I think we’re making for out of this than there really is. Sometimes in business you go with who you’re comfortable with over other factors like money, visibility, track record. To each his own.

  15. cackalackyank - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I might be inclined to take the side of this being a good sign as far as Cano maybe remaining a Yankee. I have been more or less convinced that with Boras as his agent the odds of him staying were slim. I think the timing of this is possibly a way to reduce the chances of him being dealt at the deadline, or another possibility, to smooth the road for teams that do not like to deal with Boras so they will want to get in on the action if he is made “available” at that time. Yesterday, while only one game in a long season, did not do anything to reduce the intensity of the “DOOM” watch. In fact Sabathia’s performance, slow start history aside,will only serve to intensify it until both he and the Yankees can show they are going to be competitive in their division. It seems that the Yankees could be sellers, and Cano would bring the best return from a team that thinks they could sign him. Not having Boras in that mix could be better for everyone involved.

  16. bravojawja - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    There’s a joke in here about Beyonce, booty, and the Pirates, but I just can’t come up with it.

  17. johnelwayishorsefaced - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Because that’s how I would choose my representation too. Let’s see…do they represent a fake ass rapper who raps about how hardcore he is, killing people etc…even though he’s been rich and living in mansions for years.
    My favorite line from a rap song is from Typical Cats: “You criminals flip lines and forget to commit crimes”
    This describes J perfectly

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Yes, because working, making oodles of money, and living in a mansion is phony.

      Jay-Z needs to commit more crimes in order to be taken seriously as an “artist”.

    • seattlej - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Why would he commit crimes? Isn’t the goal of committing crimes to get “street cred” so that you can rap mad rhymes about said crimes and get loads of dimes?

      I guess what I’m saying is if you’re already banking a sick amount of dimes, what’s the point of crimes?

  18. rbj1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Boras gets his clients money. He works in baseball. If you are a kid who shows potential in athletics, are you going to gravitate towards football, with crappier contracts and a higher risk of brain injury, or towards a $200 million baseball contract?

    • bleedgreen - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Basketball, where the average salary for a player is much higher, and the risk of injury is much lower.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Is the injury risk really that much lower in basketball? Maybe compared to pitchers, but I doubt it is compared to position players.

        Also, only about half as many roster spots in basketball.

      • seattlej - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        The player pool is also much, much smaller. So yeah, larger contracts on average, but less of a chance to actually play at the highest level.

      • bleedgreen - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        The pool in the NBA is lower, but theres also professional leagues all over the world where you can make a good living. Not so much in football, and I GUESS you can say you can make a living playing minor league ball or Japanese ball, but thats about it.

  19. buffalomafia - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    What the hell does Jay-Z know about baseball?

  20. anxovies - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Boras can take comfort in the fact that at least his last name has more letters.

  21. thenaturalmevs - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Good luck Robby. Say hit to Jay-Z’s Illuminati baby for us.

  22. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Guess lost all respect for Cano…you wouldn’t see a class act like Jetter doing something so juvenile.

    C’mom Robinson, be a leader…not a groupie.

  23. hushbrother - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I’m sure someone somewhere does, but I for one don’t give a flying f who represents Robinson Cano or any other athlete.

  24. 1zzo - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Since the connection between CAA and RocNation was cited by Cano as the main reason for this decision, I’m guessing he has some entertainment aspirations, which is what Roc Nation is supposedly focused on. If that’s the case, this is another thing that plays into NY’s favor.

  25. hansgruber - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Boras is the agent you want if your goal is to get the fattest contract next year, without regard for where you play.

    Teams have learned how to deal with Boras. They already know that Boras will push for the team’s best offer, followed by shopping his client to all other teams. The only thing the Yankees can do at this point is set the bar for some other team to jump over. Why should they compete against themselves?

    The proper tactic with a Boras client is to assume the player is leaving. Play Scottie just like E-Bay. Don’t make any offers, let others determine the market value. Then make a best-and-final offer at the last minute. The player is probably gone, but most Boras clients end up with new teams anyway.

    If Cano fired Boras, then he wants the Yankees to negotiate a contract extension.

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