Robinson Cano fires agent Scott Boras, hires Jay-Z as his new agent

Scott Boras is out, and Roc Nation is in the building

4/2/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

March 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsLess than a year before he's scheduled to hit free agency, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano has fired agent Scott Boras, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

This comes as a bit of a surprise, since Boras is legendary for getting his players the most money imaginable, and it seems like next winter is exactly when someone would want Boras on their side of the table.

This could be huge news for the Yankees, who have recently been trying to tighten their belt a little bit to bring their luxury tax hit down from 50% to 12.5%.

Is this a sign that Cano isn't necessarily interested in the amount of money he can get, and really just wants to make sure he and the Yankees come to an agreement? It's too early to tell, but when someone fires Scott Boras, it's safe to assume that money isn't their biggest motivator.

For Boras, this is a huge hit, since he could have hauled in quite the payday if he were able to negotiate Cano's next big contract. Assuming he gets a deal for at least 6 years and $120M, that means Boras just lost more than a few million because of Cano's move.

The bigger surprise: Cano has already hired his new agent. And it's Jay-Z.

Seriously.

Jay-Z is joining into a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to form a company called Roc Nation Sports, and will now represent Robinson Cano, and potentially other professional athletes.

For Jay-Z to personally become an agent, he would have to sell his minority share in the Brooklyn Nets. Would he do that? Or would he just allow his organization, Roc Nation Sports, to handle it?

In a statement, Cano offered his reasons for signing with Roc Nation Sports:
"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field. 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 another sign that Cano is probably staying in New York. Jay-Z is from New York, and has a long history of supporting his city, including his instrumental role in moving the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Would he really allow his player to leave NYC? Not likely.

Are you shocked by this move? Jay-Z has been dipping his fingers into pretty much any industry that he thinks he can make money from, so why not a sports agency? Was this a good move by Cano? Which athlete do you think will be the next to sign with Roc Nation Sports?
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