Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cano Fires Boras, Signs With Jay-Z and CAA

Just seven months before hitting free agency with the potential to sign a mega contract, Robinson Cano has fired agent Scott Boras to sign with the Jaz Z's Roc Nation . Buster Olney of ESPN, had it first in a tweet.

Roc Nation announced Tuesday that it will be teaming up with Creative Arts Agency (CAA) and that Cano will be the agencies first client.

"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field," Cano said in a statement. "I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates."

This is outstanding news for the Yankees, as the likelihood of Cano signing an extension with the Yankees just went up greatly. Obviously nothing is guaranteed, but it was very clear that Boras wanted Cano to go to free agency to the highest bidder. It doesn't hurt that Jay-Z is a New York icon and a huge Yankees fan himself. He even coined the phrase in "Empire State of Mind" that he could "make the Yankee hat more famous than any Yankee can".

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, a friend close to Cano told him that Alex Rodriguez and LeBron James were in Cano's ear about switching to Jay-Z and that Cano wants to remain a Yankee.

"It's not a coincidence Jay Z is involved because Alex and him are friends and Alex is a guy Robbie has a lot of respect for,'' the friend said. "He didn't want the same situation as Albert Pujols. Robbie wants to be a Yankee.''

CAA baseball starts like Matt Cain, Ryan Braun, Buster Posey and Ryan Zimmerman have all signed extensions with their clubs before hitting free agency, which is more good news for the Yankees. Signing Cano would be a very good PR move for the Yankees, who at this point could really use one.  It is doubtful that Cano will take any discount to sign with the Yankees, but the fact that it appears that he wants to stay with the Yankees and that the Yankees appear to want him back is huge.


  1. I think it is a good deal that can now be worked out, With Boras...not a chance! The Yankees must be very careful with Canos contract, more money, fewer years! They don't need another 10 year contract, I'll say it again and you can cheek it out your selves:
    2nd basemen have a habit of going down hill after about 35 years or sooner, there have been guys that (because of contracts) have hung around for a few more years, but check out their numbers after 35/36 years of age. Cano is 30 now, he has about 6/7 years at the most left to him as a very high productive player.

    This is just a history of most big time 2nd basemen, as for Cano; he is quick (not fast), very good arm and hands, the sweetest swing since M. Monroe. How these things would play for him as he ages is beyond my pay grade to say, hopefully he will continue at a high rate of play until the later years!

    Still, Yankees do not need another 8 or more year contract! I would try to sign him to a 5 year contract with each year after that a one year option every year after the five-year deal...if even feasible! I say...TRY!

  2. At first I thought this was an April Fool's Joke, but then I remembered it's the second. I hope it turns out good for the Yanks.

  3. This can only be good news for the Yankees. Boras has a long track record of bringing clients to Free Agency and with the 2014 FA List as weak as it is, you can bet Cano would get some monster offer from some team. With the state of the Yankees, they can ill afford to lose Cano without having to endure several lean years. Star players don't make it to FA nearly as often as in the past so even if the yanks want to spend money, there are not many impact FAs to go get if Robbie left. I'd expect a 7-8 yr deal to be signed soon.

  4. You are absolutely correct old yank. 2B and SS's tend to go downhill before other positions. However, i think that has more to do with the fact that they are traditionally speed/agility positions so those attributes don't age as well as hitting/hitting for power.

    Cano is far from a typical 2B and he has the offensive skills to eventually make a transition to 1B and/or 3B. Ideally, i'd love to sign him to a 5 yr deal but realistically I know that is impossible. He won't get anything less than 7 years. Cano won't be worth the money he'll make when he's 37 yrs old but that is the cost of getting him for his prime years and allowing him to get so close to FA. Had they attempted to sign an extension with him a couple of years ago (like I've said several times) they would have been in the driver's seat and wouldn't have to offer as many years.

    Unfortunately they didn't do it, and the team is so talent deficient right now, they have to give him the 7-8 yrs he wants as Robbie is holding all the Aces. By the time Cano gets into the later years of his contract, ARod, Tex, CC and Jeter will all be gone so as long as they don't make any other ridiculous long-term deals and start keeping some of their young talent, they can afford to carry Cano at the end of his career when he's declining.

  5. fishjam...
    No problem with your scenario at all, it's true!
    I have no idea what it will take to sign him....just get it done!

  6. Definitely good news for the Yankees, I still don't think it'll be easy peasy though. Front office will keep tight on time or money, most likely money since there's always the DH spot as he ages


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