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Jay-Z “is wooing” young Dodgers star Yasiel Puig

Jul 10, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports brings us this exclusive report:

Burgeoning agent Jay-Z is wooing Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig, hoping to add the 22-year-old to the growing stable of athletes he represents, two sources told Yahoo! Sports.

During a mid-June trip to New York, Puig was invited to a party at a club Jay-Z owns after a Dodgers teammate passed along the rapper’s contact information, one source said. Between the lifestyle and marketing plan offered by Roc Nation Sports, Puig left the meeting intrigued.

Roc Nation Sports’ only other baseball client at this point is Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. The newly-founded agency also represents Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, quarterback Geno Smith of the Jets and WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins.

Puig, 22, is batting .407/.441/.659 with eight home runs, five stolen bases, 19 RBI and 26 runs scored through his first 35 major league games. He defected from his native Cuba in 2012 and went on to sign a seven-year, $42 million free agent contract with Los Angeles. He can’t become a free agent until after the 2018 season.

Passan hears that Jay-Z is also courting A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, another Cuban defector.

  1. bravojawja - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Jay-Z may be wooing Puig, but not nearly as hard as ESPN.

    “WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Puig for the All-Star Game! WOOOOOOOO!!!!!! We’re the Worldwide Leader in hyping individual superstars and teams! WOOOO!!! Go LeBron!”

  2. sportsdrenched - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Can’t comment on what Jay-Z means to the music industry or the quality of said music But, you can tell he knows his markets and branding, and I think in the agent game that will go alot further than a lot of people want to give him credit for, and I think peopoe are underestimating him as a sports agent.

    It will be intersting watch.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Not that it matters…but Skylar Diggins is the hottest basketball player on the planet.
    Smokin’ Hot!

  4. barroomhero80 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Stick with crappy commercial rap jay

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